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
: bargain — see also for cheap, on the cheap

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Other Words from cheap

Adjective

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for cheap

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Prices aren’t cheap, but the items show what’s possible in the non-leather world. Los Angeles Times, "Where to find L.A.'s hidden cactus ranch and Asian-American landmarks," 13 May 2021 For those who can, extra bedrooms and home-office equipment aren’t cheap. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "The Ideal Number of Days to Work From Home," 10 May 2021 The financial sector has been cheap but awaiting a catalyst for years. Brett Owens, Forbes, "5 Contrarian Dividend Stocks To Buy Now," 9 May 2021 Talk is cheap, but misunderstandings can be costly. Harvey Mackay, Star Tribune, "Incompetence can become your Titanic," 9 May 2021 The ink tanks are large and refills are cheap, although the printers are more expensive. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, "Yes, you can use third-party ink in your printer," 6 May 2021 Cellular antennas, on the other hand, are everywhere, and tapping into them is cheap. Matt Simon, Wired, "How Weird, Bouncy Cell Signals Can Help Track Wildfire Smoke," 5 May 2021 Goals might be cheap in Holland, but not every Eredivisie team has a striker — every season — who scores them by the bucketload. New York Times, "When the Goals Come Out of Nowhere," 30 Apr. 2021 Landfilling is cheap, and when a fiscal crisis struck New York in the nineteen-seventies, the city only increased its reliance on Fresh Kills. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Yorker, "The History of New York, Told Through Its Trash," 24 Apr. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cheap. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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