"It all seems to centre round that bust of Napoleon which I bought for this very room about four months ago. I picked it up cheap from Harding Brothers, two doors from the High Street Station."—Arthur Conan Doyle
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.
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Barbed wire, however, was cheaper and easier to install.—Brittany Kasko, Fox News, 24 Nov. 2023 Meanwhile, data at GasBuddy, a fuel tracking service, showed the national average at $3.24 a gallon, marking the cheapest Thanksgiving Day for drivers since 2020, GasBuddy head of petroleum analysis Patrick De Haan said Thursday on social media.—Elizabeth Napolitano, CBS News, 23 Nov. 2023 The primary benefit is that the ticket is cheaper, but basic economy only makes sense for specific travelers in certain situations.—Harrison Pierce, Travel + Leisure, 22 Nov. 2023 Instead, about 99 percent of the world’s vanilla comes from synthetic sources such as vanillin, a cheaper and less labor-intensive alternative to harvesting vanilla beans or castoreum.—Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Nov. 2023 Compared with nuclear power, solar is much cheaper and easier to install.—Pieter Cleppe, National Review, 21 Nov. 2023 Foundation President Michael Weinstein made a promise to house homeless people cheaper and faster than government agencies and other nonprofits, despite having no experience in the field.—Liam Dillon, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2023 For one, their low price—only about $6.20—is cheaper than the average price of a packet of cigarettes.—WIRED, 19 Nov. 2023 Previously, the $64,000 Cadillac Lyriq was the automaker’s cheapest electric vehicle option, so the Optiq’s price could start in the sub-$60,000 range, although the company has not announced any details in that regard.—Umar Shakir, The Verge, 17 Nov. 2023
Wall Street complains because higher rates add risk to otherwise painless ways to make gobs of money by borrowing cheap and lending long.—Scott Burns, Dallas News, 29 Aug. 2023 Musk ultimately wants to make space travel cheap enough that even Average Joes can access the cosmos—or Mars.—Lauren Sigfusson, Discover Magazine, 20 Feb. 2018 But flying cheap doesn’t matter much if there isn’t anywhere good to fly.—Alexandra Skores, Dallas News, 13 Apr. 2023 Low interest rates put in place to support the economy after the Great Recession made borrowing cheap and pushed investors to seek out higher returns from riskier companies, spurring financing and growth for tech companies.—Joe Rennison Eli Murray, New York Times, 31 Mar. 2023 Lemieux was on the ice to hoist it, receiving only a two-game suspension for cheap-shotting Draper.—Viv Bernstein, Detroit Free Press, 29 May 2021 The tree was usually found on land that had been given away or sold cheap by the federal government—and then had to be repurchased at very high cost.—Verlyn Klinkenborg, The New York Review of Books, 2 Mar. 2023 There are some rough edges, such as the cheap-feeling steering wheel stalks and some of the other switchgear.—James Morris, Forbes, 5 June 2021 Modest performance, some cheap-looking interior plastics, clumsy optional dual-clutch transmission.—Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 16 Nov. 2022 See More
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Noun and Adjective
Middle English chep, from Old English cēap trade; akin to Old High German kouf trade; both ultimately from Latin caupo tradesman