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skimpy

[skim-pee]
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adjective, skimp·i·er, skimp·i·est.
  1. lacking in size, fullness, etc.; scanty: a skimpy hem; a skimpy dinner.
  2. too thrifty; stingy: a skimpy housekeeper.
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Origin of skimpy

First recorded in 1835–45; skimp + -y1
Related formsskimp·i·ly, adverbskimp·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for skimpy

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  • 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

skimpy

adjective skimpier or skimpiest
  1. (of clothes, etc) made of too little material; scanty
  2. excessively thrifty; mean; stingy
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Derived Formsskimpily, adverbskimpiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for skimpy

adj.

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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