[ skim-pee ]
/ ˈskɪm pi /

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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British Dictionary definitions for skimpy


/ (ˈskɪmpɪ) /

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.

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