I. adjective Etymology: perhaps alteration of scrimp Date: 1775 skimpy II. verb Date: circa 1879 transitive verb to give insufficient or barely sufficient attention or effort to or funds for intransitive verb to save by or as if by skimping

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  • skimp — [ skımp ] verb intransitive or transitive 1. ) to not use or provide enough of something: skimp on: The dessert was good but they had skimped on the chocolate sauce. 2. ) to not spend enough money on something: skimp on: Don t skimp on grass seed …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • skimp — [skımp] v [I and T] [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: Perhaps from scrimp] to not spend enough money or time on something, or not use enough of something, so that what you do is unsuccessful or of bad quality skimp on ▪ It s vital not to skimp on staff… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • skimp — skimp·i·ly; skimp·i·ness; skimp·ing·ly; skimp; …   English syllables

  • Skimp — Skimp, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Skimped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Skimping}.] [Cf. {Skinch}, {Scamp}, v. t.] 1. To slight; to do carelessly; to scamp. [Prov. Eng. & Colloq. U.S.] [1913 Webster] 2. To make insufficient allowance for; to scant; to scrimp.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Skimp — Skimp, v. i. To save; to be parsimonious or niggardly. [Prov. Eng. & Colloq. U.S.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Skimp — Skimp, a. Scanty. [Prov. Eng. & Colloq. U.S.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • skimp — 1879, probably a back formation of skimpy (1842), from skimp (adj.) scanty (1775), which perhaps ultimately is from an early 18c. alteration of SCRIMP (Cf. scrimp) …   Etymology dictionary

  • skimp — [skimp] adj. [prob. altered < SCRIMP] Informal SCANTY vi. 1. Informal to give or allow too little; be stingy; scrimp 2. to keep expenses very low vt. 1. Informal to do poorly or carelessly 2. to …   English World dictionary

  • skimp — [v] be cheap or frugal about be mean with, be sparing, cut corners*, make ends meet*, pinch, pinch pennies*, roll back, save, scamp, scant, scrape, screw, scrimp, slight, spare, stint, tighten one’s belt*, withhold; concept 330 Ant. spend, use,… …   New thesaurus

  • skimp — ► VERB ▪ expend fewer resources on something than are necessary in an attempt to economize. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • skimp — UK [skɪmp] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms skimp : present tense I/you/we/they skimp he/she/it skimps present participle skimping past tense skimped past participle skimped 1) to not use or provide enough of something skimp on: The …   English dictionary

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