\ 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

Other Words from scrimp

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 To fit those players in their salary cap, the Rams had to scrimp at other positions. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Feb. 2022 With Sancho close to being in the door, though, United can’t scrimp on their defence. Graham Ruthven, Forbes, 25 June 2021 Bed frames are something that are surprisingly easy to scrimp on. Amanda Lauren, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2021 From those observations, scientists concluded that farmers shouldn’t scrimp on phosphorus. Julia Rosen, National Geographic, 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, 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, 29 June 2020 And our product is labor-intensive and there is no way to scrimp. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 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, 5 June 2020 See More

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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 28 May. 2022.

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