scrimp

verb \ ˈskrimp \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

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

scrimpy

play \ˈskrim-pē\ adjective

Examples of scrimp in a Sentence

  1. They scrimped and saved for their big vacation.

  2. had to scrimp and save for years in order to be able to afford a house

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Origin and Etymology of scrimp

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


SCRIMP Defined for English Language Learners

scrimp

verb

Definition of scrimp for English Language Learners

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


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