\ ˈskrimp How to pronounce scrimp (audio) \
scrimped; scrimping; scrimps

Definition of scrimp

transitive verb

1 : to be stingy in providing for
2 : to make too small, short, or scanty

intransitive verb

: to be frugal or stingy

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scrimpy \ ˈskrim-​pē How to pronounce scrimp (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of scrimp in a Sentence

They scrimped and saved for their big vacation. had to scrimp and save for years in order to be able to afford a house
Recent Examples on the Web From those observations, scientists concluded that farmers shouldn’t scrimp on phosphorus. Julia Rosen, National Geographic, "Farmers are facing a phosphorus crisis. The solution starts with soil.," 14 Oct. 2020 Apple introduced a cheaper version of its smartwatch, its latest attempt to broaden the appeal of its trend-setting products while many consumers are forced to scrimp during the coronavirus pandemic. Michael Liedtke, Star Tribune, "Apple debuts discount watch, but no new iPhones ... yet," 15 Sep. 2020 But baseball has been particularly unkind to older players as franchises scrimp for every last nickel even as record revenues float their values into the multi-billions. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Opinion: As Ryan Zimmerman and others opt out of 2020 MLB season, sport's new reality begins to settle in," 29 June 2020 And our product is labor-intensive and there is no way to scrimp. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "A small business survived wildfires and floods — then COVID-19 happened," 11 June 2020 The brilliant little automobiles in this hotly contested segment of the market don't scrimp on engineering excellence or enthusiast appeal, even though practical, basic transport is all their mission profile really calls for. Kevin Smith, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1992 Honda Civic Si Hatchback Hits All the Right Marks," 5 June 2020 This remake of the cruise takes place on a paddleboard and doesn’t scrimp on the groaners. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, "Theme park fans are re-creating rides at home, with tennis balls and pets as special effects," 29 Apr. 2020 Choosing a wand lighter makes life just a little bit easier, but don’t scrimp on quality. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Lighters Perfect for Any Outdoors Situation," 14 Apr. 2020 At roughly 90 minutes, the film certainly doesn't scrimp on action -- plunging right into its carnage at a pretty frenetic pace. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Hunt' leverages the partisan divide as a hook to sell an exploitation throwback," 11 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of scrimp

circa 1691, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for scrimp

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish skrympa to shrink, Middle Low German schrempen to contract — more at shrimp

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The first known use of scrimp was circa 1691

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“Scrimp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of scrimp

: to spend as little money as you can : to be careful about spending money

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