skimp

adjective
\ˈskimp \

Definition of skimp 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: skimpy

skimp

verb
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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for skimp

Synonyms: Adjective

exiguous, hand-to-mouth, light, meager (or meagre), niggardly, poor, scant, scanty, scarce, skimpy, slender, slim, spare, sparing, sparse, stingy

Synonyms: Verb

economize, pinch, save, scrimp, spare

Antonyms: Adjective

abundant, ample, bountiful, copious, generous, liberal, plenteous, plentiful

Antonyms: Verb

waste

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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: Verb

When that happens, don't skimp on paying for a qualified mechanic to make repairs with high-quality components. Alex Leanse, Popular Mechanics, "4 Unusual Ways to Make Your Car Last Longer," 20 Feb. 2017 Clearly these guys don't skimp on quality in any part of their product. Melanie Yates, Woman's Day, "The Best Healthy, Savory Popcorn For Movie Night Is Finally Here," 23 July 2015 But Emirates refused to skimp on business and first-class customers. Nicolas Parasie, WSJ, "Chateau Margaux for Seat 2A: Emirates Rewrites Rules for Airlines," 12 July 2018 And there’s good evidence that older adults who eat diets high in fish tend to have better brain health outcomes than those who skimp on seafood. Markham Heid, Time, "Are Omega-3s Good for Your Brain?," 20 June 2018 Your skin will be exposed to UV rays even on a cloudy day, so don’t skimp on sunscreen then, either. Linda Searing, Washington Post, "The Big Number: Skin cancers kill a lot of people, and sunscreen is vital," 2 June 2018 Keep in mind that skimping on your liquid intake or relying on sugary drinks can take a toll on your physical performance. New York Times, "How to Meet Your Body’s Water Needs," 9 July 2018 And where a Pendleton overshirt skimps on storage, a modern shacket resembles a backpack with armholes. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "When It’s Super-Hot, This is Your Workwear Solution," 21 June 2018 The problem typically comes from low-quality kibble, which often skimps on meat in favor of ingredients like corn, wheat, soy, tapioca, or potatoes. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "6 Things Your Dog's Poop Can Tell You About Its Health," 13 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of skimp

Adjective

1775, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1879, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for skimp

Adjective

perhaps alteration of scrimp

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Dictionary Entries near skimp

skimmity

skimobile

skim off

skimp

skimpingly

skimpy

skin

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The first known use of skimp was in 1775

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More Definitions for skimp

skimp

verb

English Language Learners Definition of skimp

: to spend less time, money, etc., on something than is needed

skimp

verb
\ˈskimp \
skimped; skimping

Kids Definition of skimp

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

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