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

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 Paris is full of world-famous cheap eats, but nothing beats the satisfaction of a falafel sandwich from L'As du Fallafel. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "51 Things in Europe that Every Traveler Needs to Experience," 4 Aug. 2020 This time, the dispute is centered on the sale of the Judge Judy library, which Sheindlin reportedly bought for cheap and then sold back to CBS for a hefty profit. Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Judge Judy' Profits Fight Gets Another Spinoff," 4 Aug. 2020 Cory getting all the credit is a cheap political ploy to elevate his status in the eyes of our citizens. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Cancel culture has already lost the argument (8/4/20)," 4 Aug. 2020 In the case of South Africa’s rich agriculturalists, a tiny minority lorded over huge farms maintained on a plantationlike system with cheap, disposable labor always at hand. James Pogue, Harper's Magazine, "The Myth of White Genocide," 4 Aug. 2020 Mailing cheap products to unsuspecting customers is one way to do that. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "USDA identifies 14 of those mysterious seeds from China," 3 Aug. 2020 Chromebooks have a reputation as cheap, low-end devices. Scott Gilbertson, Wired, "The Best Chromebooks for Every Budget," 3 Aug. 2020 In the age of cheap air travel, an outbreak that begins on one continent can easily reach the others. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "How the Pandemic Defeated America," 3 Aug. 2020 So people who purchase cheap cameras will never see many of the critters that walk by. Popular Science, "How to pick the right wildlife trail camera," 2 Aug. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for cheap

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

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7 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cheap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cheap. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for cheap

cheap

adjective
How to pronounce cheap (audio)

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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