cheapo

adjective
\ ˈchē-(ˌ)pō How to pronounce cheapo (audio) \

Definition of cheapo

informal
: cheap As for me, I'll be thinking twice next time I'm tempted to grab a cheapo item off the rack at a chain store.— Tom Philpott The beer-beach-sand-and-sex crowd, all sordidly captured by cheapo Hollywood movies like "Where the Boys Are" and the excruciating "Spring Break" series, defined this South Florida resort.— John Mariani After a while, they come out with the cheapo $39.95 model, no leather, no carrying case, nothing.— Alexander Besher

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Examples of cheapo in a Sentence

I picked up a cheapo souvenir watch as gag gift.
Recent Examples on the Web These shoes are not your traditional cheapo copies that knock off the exact look of an existing Nike model. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "‘Satan Shoes,’ Nike Lawsuits and the Booming Sneaker Bootleg Market," 12 Apr. 2021 Belushi’s character flips out, smashing his meaty fists against the prop walls of the cheapo set. John Semley, The New Republic, "How Weird Was Frank Zappa?," 26 Nov. 2020 The soft sardines work well with their crunchy accoutrements, and the whole thing is easily replicable as a cheapo cook-at-home dinner that wouldn’t require much cooking at all. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "The best fried rice is like jazz," 17 Aug. 2020 There’s no mistaking AirPods for a cheapo pair of earbuds; the AirPod Pros are just on another level. Popular Science, "The best wireless headphones for music and podcasts," 19 June 2020 And while cheapo cotton brief packs and more luxe designer pairs were once the only options, many alternative underwear brands have emerged, marketing briefs with a gently feminist spin. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "We Tried 101 Pairs of ‘Everyday’ Women’s Underwear—Here Are the Best," 19 Apr. 2018 When a cheapo Presley velvet painting was found as wall decor, a tradition of celebrating love for Elvis was born and has lasted 36 years. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Dress up for Elvis Presley's birthday and get free food at Chuy's next week," 2 Jan. 2018 In 1965, Reed was working at Pickwick Records, a cheapo label that made dance records. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, "Lou Reed’s Archive, Coming to the New York Public Library," 2 Mar. 2017 The whole sheet is made out of acrylic resin (giving it’s papery cheapo appearance) and has a diameter of 0.1 mm. Jose Fermoso, WIRED, "A Full Wall of E-Ink Paper Debuts in Japan," 4 Nov. 2008

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First Known Use of cheapo

1967, in the meaning defined above

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15 Apr 2021

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“Cheapo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cheapo. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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