\ 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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Other Words from scrimp

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for scrimp


economize, pinch, save, skimp, spare



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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

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Managers may scrimp on things that are hard to quantify but vitally important to the long-term health of a company—corporate culture, employee training, brands, product quality, social acceptance—to meet other, usually financial, goals. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Fixing Capitalism, One Disclosure at a Time," 27 Nov. 2018 The Brennans scrimped so John and his brother and sister could be taught by Franciscan nuns, who made heaven and hell as tangible as two neighborhood subway lines. Mattathias Schwartz, New York Times, "A Spymaster Steps Out of the Shadows," 27 June 2018 Low-income parents in the largely Chinese immigrant neighborhood often scrimp to pay thousands of dollars for test preparation, for years, in hopes their children will ace the test. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Parents at Sunset Park Meeting Call for Keeping High School Admission Test," 6 June 2018 De La Cruz, who worked as a domestic helper in Hong Kong, scrimped and saved to put dresses, chocolates and toys in her children’s care packages. Frank Shyong,, "These boxes are a billion-dollar industry of homesickness for Filipinos overseas," 28 Apr. 2018 At all of his coaching stops, Patterson has scrimped, borrowed or charged his own credit cards to take players on college tours and to hear experts in various fields — such as pilots — give advice on success. Shannon Ryan,, "Accountant turned coach, Cory Patterson holds key to Illinois' recruiting turnaround," 16 Apr. 2018 Since the dawn of time there have been zealous parents; men and women who have scrimped and sacrificed, battled and cajoled, walked five miles and sat for hours — all in hopes of helping a beloved child. Ana Veciana-suarez, miamiherald, "Misbehaving parents need a time-out from youth sports | Miami Herald," 2 Apr. 2018 This is not to suggest the previous generation didn’t have to scrimp and save throughout their lives to make ends meet. Peter Dunn, Indianapolis Star, "Pete the Planner: No one but you can make your retirement a reality," 14 Feb. 2018 That makes a huge difference in my ability to focus on teaching without the need to find another job or scrimp to get by. Gina Sheehan, Washington Post, "‘The teacher takes on much more than just teaching’ — which is why the House overhaul of higher ed must be resisted," 16 Jan. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of scrimp

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

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