adjective, skimp·i·er, skimp·i·est.

lacking in size, fullness, etc.; scanty: a skimpy hem; a skimpy dinner.
too thrifty; stingy: a skimpy housekeeper.

Origin of skimpy

First recorded in 1835–45; skimp + -y1
Related formsskimp·i·ly, adverbskimp·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of skimpy

  • Why had she not prevailed over her mother's fear of being "skimpy?"

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • Not that it wasn't simple enough, but it sure was skimpy above the belt.

    Torchy and Vee

    Sewell Ford

  • It is skimpy in the extreme, but at any rate it is something.

  • The flesh all these skimpy ones had lost, solid people had put on.

    The Freelands

    John Galsworthy

  • What with the skimpy skirt and the high heels she could scarcely walk.

    Ruth Fielding Down East

    Alice B. Emerson

British Dictionary definitions for skimpy


adjective skimpier or skimpiest

(of clothes, etc) made of too little material; scanty
excessively thrifty; mean; stingy
Derived Formsskimpily, adverbskimpiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for skimpy

1842, from skimp (adj.) "scanty" (1775), which perhaps ultimately is from an early 18c. alteration of scrimp or a variant of scamp (v.). Related: Skimpiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper