cheap

adjective
\ ˈchēp How to pronounce cheap (audio) \

Definition of cheap

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : charging or obtainable at a low price a good cheap hotel cheap tickets
b : purchasable below the going price or the real value
c : depreciated in value (as by currency inflation) cheap dollars
2a : of inferior quality or worth : tawdry, sleazy cheap workmanship
b : stingy My uncle was too cheap to pay for dinner.
c : contemptible because of lack of any fine, lofty, or redeeming qualities feeling cheap I felt cheap, full of shame and guilt
3 : gained or done with little effort a cheap victory talk is cheap
4 of money : obtainable at a low rate of interest

cheap

adverb

Definition of cheap (Entry 2 of 3)

: for little cost : cheaply was able to buy it cheap "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

cheap

noun

Definition of cheap (Entry 3 of 3)

obsolete
on the cheap
: at minimum expense : cheaply did the job on the cheap

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Other Words from cheap

Adjective

cheapish \ ˈchē-​pish How to pronounce cheapish (audio) \ adjective
cheapishly adverb
cheaply \ ˈchē-​plē How to pronounce cheaply (audio) \ adverb
cheapness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for cheap

Synonyms: Adjective

affordable, bargain-basement, budget, cheapie, cheapo, chintzy, cut-price [chiefly British], cut-rate, dime-store, dirt cheap, el cheapo, inexpensive, low, low-end, popular, reasonable

Antonyms: Adjective

costly, dear, deluxe, expensive, high, high-ticket, precious, premium, pricey (also pricy), spendy [chiefly Northwest], valuable

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Examples of cheap in a Sentence

Adjective

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Though very rich, Kresge, who developed one of the first five and dime stores, eventually Kmart, was known to be personally cheap. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Kresge mansion, one of Detroit's largest, is about to hit the market," 8 June 2019 But the last Sunday in September is $1 cheaper than the previous three Sundays. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights: Tickets on sale with scary amount of options," 7 June 2019 Keep your brood fed and busy with 6 places kids can eat free this summer and 10 free and cheap deals for summer fun. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "Freebie Friday: Free donuts, free kids meals all summer, free summer camps and fun," 7 June 2019 But there’s a much cheaper avenue for Bay Area music lovers. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "Summer Music Guide: See over 100 concerts for free in S.F. Bay Area," 6 June 2019 Those treatment centers already exist and are cheaper to operate than the Oregon State Hospital. oregonlive.com, "Oregon lawmakers announce reform plan, citing ‘unacceptable’ situation at state mental hospital," 5 June 2019 But tbh, there are plenty cheaper, better options out there. Lydia Horne, WIRED, "Telemedicine as a Workaround to Abortion Regulations, and More News," 5 June 2019 Both of these players are also English which would assist West Ham in terms of their homegrown players quota, and would likely be significantly cheaper than Gomes with the Standard suggesting a £15m fee for both. SI.com, "West Ham Turn to Newcastle Duo as Andre Gomes 'Prefers' Everton Switch," 4 June 2019 Traveling by train to Chicago and Milwaukee with kids has just become cheaper thanks to an Amtrak weekend discount. William Langhorne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Amtrak Hiawatha offers free weekend rides for children between Milwaukee and Chicago," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of cheap

Adjective

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Adverb

1569, in the meaning defined above

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cheap

Noun and Adjective

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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The first known use of cheap was before the 12th century

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cheap

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of cheap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not costing a lot of money
: of low quality : not worth a lot of money
: charging low prices

cheap

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of cheap (Entry 2 of 2)

: at a low cost : for a low price

cheap

adjective
\ ˈchēp How to pronounce cheap (audio) \
cheaper; cheapest

Kids Definition of cheap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not costing much a cheap meal
2 : charging low prices a cheap hotel
3 : worth little : of low quality cheap perfume
4 : gained without much effort a cheap victory
5 : having little self-respect I feel cheap lying to her.
6 : not willing to share or spend money : stingy my cheap uncle

Other Words from cheap

cheaply adverb

cheap

adverb

Kids Definition of cheap (Entry 2 of 2)

: at low cost They'll sell cheap.

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