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scrimp

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verb \ˈskrimp\

Simple Definition of scrimp

  • : to spend as little money as you can : to be careful about spending money

Full Definition of scrimp

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to be stingy in providing for

  3. 2 :  to make too small, short, or scanty

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to be frugal or stingy

scrimpy play \ˈskrim-pē\ adjective

Examples of scrimp

  1. They scrimped and saved for their big vacation.

  2. <had to scrimp and save for years in order to be able to afford a house>



Origin of scrimp

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish skrympa to shrink, Middle Low German schrempen to contract — more at shrimp


First Known Use: circa 1774

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