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cheap

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noun \ˈchēp\

Definition of cheap

obsolete

  1. :  bargain

on the cheap

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

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Origin and Etymology of cheap

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


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cheap

adjective

Definition of cheap

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

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

  3. 3a :  of inferior quality or worth :  tawdry, sleazy cheap workmanshipb :  contemptible because of lack of any fine, lofty, or redeeming qualities feeling cheap I felt cheap, full of shame and guiltc :  stingy My uncle was too cheap to pay for dinner.

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

cheap

adverb

cheapish

play \ˈchē-pish\ adjective

cheapishly

adverb

cheaply

play \ˈchē-plē\ adverb

cheapness

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Examples of cheap in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of cheap

see 1cheap



CHEAP Defined for English Language Learners

cheap

adjective

Definition of cheap for English Language Learners

  • : not costing a lot of money

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

  • : charging low prices


CHEAP Defined for Kids

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cheap

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adjective \ˈchēp\

Definition of cheap for Students

cheaper

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cheapest

  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

cheaply

adverb

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cheap

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adverb

Definition of cheap for Students

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



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