Scrimp
Scrimp Scrimp, n. A pinching miser; a niggard. [U.S.] [1913 Webster]

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  • Scrimp — Scrimp, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scrimped} (?; 215); p. pr. & vb. n. {Scrimping}.] [Cf. Dan. skrumpe, G. schrumpfen, D. krimpen. Cf. {Shrimp}, {Shrink}.] To make too small or short; to limit or straiten; to put on short allowance; to scant; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scrimp — Scrimp, a. Short; scanty; curtailed. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scrimp — scrimp·tion; scrimp; …   English syllables

  • scrimp — [skrımp] v [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: Probably from a [i]Scandinavian language] to try to save as much money as you can, even though you have very little ▪ They scrimped and saved for years to buy their own home …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • scrimp — [ skrımp ] verb intransitive to spend money only on what is necessary and save as much as you can: They scrimped and saved for years to buy a house …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • scrimp — to make too small, 1774, originally an adj., scant, meager (1718), possibly from a Scandinavian source (Cf. Swed. skrumpna to shrink, shrivel up ), or from a continental Germanic source akin to M.H.G. schrimpfen, Ger. schrumpfen to shrivel (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • scrimp — [v] economize be cheap, be economical, be frugal, be prudent, be sparing, conserve, curtail, cut back, cut corners*, make ends meet*, pinch pennies*, run a tight ship*, save, skimp, stretch a dollar*, tighten one’s belt*; concept 330 …   New thesaurus

  • scrimp — ► VERB ▪ be thrifty or parsimonious; economize. ORIGIN Scots, «meagre» …   English terms dictionary

  • scrimp — [skrimp] vt. [prob. < Scand, as in Swed skrympa, to shrink, akin to OE scrimman, Ger schrumpfen < IE base * (s)kremb , to turn, twist, shrink] 1. to make too small, short, etc.; skimp 2. to treat stingily; stint vi. to be sparing and… …   English World dictionary

  • scrimp — v. 1) (D; intr.) ( to be frugal ) to scrimp on (to scrimp on food) 2) (misc.) to scrimp and save * * * [skrɪmp] (misc.) to scrimp and save (D; intr.) ( to be frugal ) to scrimp on (to scrimp on food) …   Combinatory dictionary

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