scrimp

verb
\ 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

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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 Homeopaths do not command the high prices of advanced drugs but can scrimp on science. The Economist, "French authorities dilute homeopaths’ profits," 18 July 2019 Homeopaths do not command the high prices of advanced drugs but can scrimp on science. The Economist, "French authorities dilute homeopaths’ profits," 18 July 2019 Homeopaths do not command the high prices of advanced drugs but can scrimp on science. The Economist, "French authorities dilute homeopaths’ profits," 18 July 2019 There is an endless playbook of deleterious things companies can do to boost their profits in the short run: gut training programs, eliminate R&D, ignore product risk, scrimp on environmental protections, etc. David Meyer, Fortune, "End of Shareholder Primacy, Part III: CEO Daily," 21 Aug. 2019 Homeopaths do not command the high prices of advanced drugs but can scrimp on science. The Economist, "French authorities dilute homeopaths’ profits," 18 July 2019 Homeopaths do not command the high prices of advanced drugs but can scrimp on science. The Economist, "French authorities dilute homeopaths’ profits," 18 July 2019 Homeopaths do not command the high prices of advanced drugs but can scrimp on science. The Economist, "French authorities dilute homeopaths’ profits," 18 July 2019 Canceling existing student debt would make many of us who scrimped and saved and were prudent and paid our debts feel like suckers. Allan Sloan, Washington Post, "Canceling all student debt is a bad idea," 5 July 2019

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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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13 Oct 2019

Cite this Entry

“Scrimp.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scrimps. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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scrimp

verb
How to pronounce scrimp (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of scrimp

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

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