Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

cheap

play
noun \ˈchēp\

Definition of cheap

obsolete

  1. :  bargain

on the cheap
  1. :  at minimum expense :  cheaply <did the job on the cheap>



Origin of cheap

Middle English chep, from Old English cēap trade; akin to Old High German kouf trade; both ultimately from Latin caupo tradesman


First Known Use: before 12th century


2

cheap

adjective

Simple Definition of cheap

  • : not costing a lot of money

  • : of low quality : not worth a lot of money

  • : charging low prices

Full Definition of cheap

  1. 1 a :  purchasable below the going price or the real value b :  charging or obtainable at a low price <a good cheap hotel> <cheap tickets> c :  depreciated in value (as by currency inflation) <cheap dollars>

  2. 2 :  gained or done with little effort <a cheap victory> <talk is cheap>

  3. 3 a :  of inferior quality or worth :  tawdry, sleazy <cheap workmanship> b :  contemptible because of lack of any fine, lofty, or redeeming qualities <feeling cheap> c :  stingy <my cheap uncle>

  4. 4 of money :  obtainable at a low rate of interest

cheap adverb
cheap·ish play \ˈchē-pish\ adjective
cheap·ish·ly adverb
cheap·ly play \ˈchē-plē\ adverb
cheap·ness noun

Examples of cheap

  1. I always buy the cheapest brand of cereal.

  2. curtains made of cheap material

  3. He wears a cheap watch that's always breaking.

  4. This gas station is cheaper than the one by the highway.

  5. Don't be cheap—buy good quality tires for your car.



1509

First Known Use of cheap

1509



CHEAP Defined for Kids

1

cheap

play
adjective \ˈchēp\

Definition of cheap

cheap·ercheap·est

  1. 1 :  not costing much <a cheap meal>

  2. 2 :  charging low prices <a cheap hotel>

  3. 3 :  worth little :  of low quality <cheap perfume>

  4. 4 :  gained without much effort <a cheap victory>

  5. 5 :  having little self-respect <I feel cheap lying to her.>

  6. 6 :  not willing to share or spend money :  stingy <my cheap uncle>

cheap·ly adverb



2

cheap

play
adverb

Definition of cheap

  1. :  at low cost <They'll sell cheap.>





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cheap? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 10, 2016

to put in good humor

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

pince-nez kittly-benders duvet spindrift
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ