\ 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

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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 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, "6 Things You Should Know About ‘Behind Her Eyes’ Star Simona Brown," 22 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Don’t skimp on the unassuming queso asado, featuring panela cheese baked in a wood oven with chiles toreados (blistered peppers), avocado, and tomato. Charu Suri, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Weekend Guide: Barbecue, Rothko, and Space History in Houston," 6 Apr. 2021 The homes two-story garage doesn't skimp on forward-thinking technology, either. Nathalie Kirby, House Beautiful, "HGTV's 2021 Smart Home Designed by Tiffany Brooks Is Here," 2 Apr. 2021 As in previous projects about her life, Tina doesn’t skimp on the gory details of what came next. David Browne, Rolling Stone, "‘Tina’: Tina Turner Keeps on Rollin’ in Bold, Unsettling Documentary," 26 Mar. 2021 But these new micro-itineraries don't skimp on the cultural sites or unforgettable ports of call. Paul Brady, Travel + Leisure, "Why Cruises in 2021 Will Be Shorter Than Ever Before," 1 Mar. 2021 Don’t skimp on quality when choosing the best ice fishing rod. Field & Stream, "Best Ice Fishing Rods: How to Choose the Best Ice Rod for Your Winter Fishing," 26 Feb. 2021 Whatever style appeals to you most, don’t skimp on functionality. Outdoor Life, "Best Winter Boots for Men: Leather Boots, Insulated Work Boots, and More," 22 Feb. 2021 Don’t skimp on vendor capabilities when choosing IT partners for something as complex as the vaccine cold-chain. Susan Galer, Forbes, "The Not So Obvious Lessons Learned From Managing A Global Vaccine Distribution Cold-Chain," 11 Mar. 2021 This version adds butter to help emulsify the sauce, but absolutely does not skimp out on the pepper. Washington Post, "Black pepper lands a leading role in these 5 sweet and savory recipes," 10 Mar. 2021

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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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3 Mar 2021

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“Skimp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of skimp

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


\ 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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