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 Plus, gasoline is cheap these days, averaging about $2.18 a gallon at the pump, 54 cents below last year's levels. Anchorage Daily News, "A second virus wave again threatens U.S. oil demand," 29 June 2020 But recent news that a cheap steroid called dexamethasone improves survival means remdesivir should be priced between $2,520 and $2,800. CBS News, "Gilead's remdesivir will cost $3,120 for patients with private insurance," 29 June 2020 Another theory has floated the idea that fireworks companies are selling their goods for cheap or dumping them onto the black market. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area fireworks complaints grow by the hundreds as police search for answers on uptick," 24 June 2020 Knives are an investment, and long-lasting knives aren’t necessarily cheap. NBC News, "Best kitchen knives and how to buy them, according to experts," 24 June 2020 Designing and testing unmanned maritime vehicles is not cheap. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Navy aims to integrate unmanned vehicles into carrier strike groups by mid-2020s," 23 June 2020 An oral polio vaccine is safe, cheap, easy to give and widely available, with over 1 billion doses produced and used annually in more than 140 countries. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for June 12: Protests, election, economy, coronavirus, Lebanon," 12 June 2020 This means the affluent and mostly white denizens of Cape Cod in Massachusetts and Florida's Gold Coast can obtain policies on the cheap and count on the federal disaster agency FEMA to pick up most of the tab when disaster strikes. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Insurance redlining is real—and it will hurt neighborhoods hit by looting," 9 June 2020 The cheap felt hat worn by Rocky Balboa was a bone of contention with the film's producers. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'40 Years of Rocky': Sylvester Stallone's best revelations in the new documentary," 8 June 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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2 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cheap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cheap. Accessed 11 Jul. 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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