Simple Definition of scrimp
: to spend as little money as you can : to be careful about spending money
Full Definition of scrimp
1 : to be stingy in providing for
2 : to make too small, short, or scanty
: to be frugal or stingy
scrimpyplay \ˈskrim-pē\ adjective
Examples of scrimp in a sentence
They scrimped and saved for their big vacation.
<had to scrimp and save for years in order to be able to afford a house>
Origin and Etymology 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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up scrimp? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).