\ ˈskimp How to pronounce skimp (audio) \

Definition of skimp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: skimpy


skimped; skimping; skimps

Definition of skimp (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give insufficient or barely sufficient attention or effort to or funds for

intransitive verb

: to save by or as if by skimping

Synonyms & Antonyms for skimp

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of skimp in a Sentence

Verb Parents shouldn't skimp when it comes to their child's safety. we must skimp and save if we are going to afford a vacation this summer
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The caviar is often canned or frozen during the summer and fall to enjoy during the long winters—a taste of sunshine when our daylight hours are shortened to a skimp five. Irina Groushevaia, Bon Appétit, 15 July 2021 Hailing from Southeast London, this rising star is no stranger to the spotlight and her impressive acting credits both in television and film are not skimp by any means. Mia Uzzell, Essence, 22 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the world’s richest nations, food prices are jumping, forcing some consumers to skimp on food items once considered everyday staples and substitute cheaper products. Yusuf Khan, WSJ, 9 June 2022 For a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey yesterday, Campbell—who happens to be the Global Ambassador for the Queen's Commonwealth Trust—wore a custom Alaïa ensemble that did not skimp on drama. Alex Kessler, Vogue, 15 Mar. 2022 Parents who are now working from home, for instance, can skimp on after-school care. Ashley Stahl, Forbes, 19 May 2022 Samsung didn't skimp on data transfer speeds to achieve this high level of durability. Matthew Humphries, PCMAG, 4 May 2022 Don’t add salt to babies’ foods, but don’t skimp on seasoning: sprinkle cumin powder on black beans or whip rosemary into mashed potatoes. Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2022 Fubo doesn’t skimp on entertainment content either. Tim Chan, Rolling Stone, 28 Apr. 2022 And Focus Features, who split the cost with New Regency, did not skimp on promotional efforts. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 24 Apr. 2022 So, don’t skimp on price if a shampoo has superior properties. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of skimp


1775, in the meaning defined above


circa 1879, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for skimp


perhaps alteration of scrimp

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More Definitions for skimp


\ ˈskimp How to pronounce skimp (audio) \
skimped; skimping

Kids Definition of skimp

: to give too little or just enough attention or effort to or money for


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