verb \ˈskrimp\

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

Full Definition of SCRIMP

transitive verb
:  to be stingy in providing for
:  to make too small, short, or scanty
intransitive verb
:  to be frugal or stingy
scrimpy \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

Rhymes with SCRIMP


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