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
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 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 : gained or done with little effort <a cheap victory> <talk is cheap>
4 of money : obtainable at a low rate of interest
Examples of cheap
I always buy the cheapest brand of cereal.
curtains made of cheap material
He wears a cheap watch that's always breaking.
This gas station is cheaper than the one by the highway.
Don't be cheap—buy good quality tires for your car.
First Known Use of cheap
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