\ ˈskimp How to pronounce skimp (audio) \

Definition of skimp

 (Entry 1 of 2)


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: Verb Picture is quickly gaining a reputation for making sustainable apparel that doesn’t skimp on performance. Louis Mazzante, Popular Mechanics, "The Most Exciting New Winter Gear and Apparel from Outdoor Retailer 2020," 31 Jan. 2020 This indicates that the restaurant is skimping on filling, or at least not ensuring that the dumplings are being wrapped properly. Soleil Ho,, "Tsuta’s Michelin-starred ramen loses traction in San Francisco," 16 Jan. 2020 Steven Spielberg, Hollywood’s greatest master of camera blocking, has made movies about both world wars (War Horse and Saving Private Ryan) featuring thrill-ride battle sequences that don’t skimp on the brutality. David Sims, The Atlantic, "1917 Is a Visual Feat. That Doesn’t Mean It’s a Good Movie.," 3 Jan. 2020 Fiat Chrysler in recent years has skimped on investing in electric vehicles. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, "Fiat Chrysler Faces Rough Road Before PSA Merger," 26 Jan. 2020 Amenities are still skimp, with a handful of A-frame buildings that hold a few restaurants, a ski school, and a kids’ center. Stephanie Granada, Sunset Magazine, "Top Colorado Ski Resorts," 3 Jan. 2020 Don’t skimp out on the dessert—the restaurant’s homemade cheesecake and flan are universal crowd-pleasers. Laura Jung, Harper's BAZAAR, "72 Hours in Spanish Wine Country," 18 Dec. 2019 Others, such as discount carrier Norwegian Air, skimp on the extras, offering less to its premium economy customers than other airlines provide in coach. Washington Post, "Liz Weston: Is premium economy airfare worth the money?," 23 Sep. 2019 The Gannuscios skimped and saved, and in 2015 moved up to a four-bedroom house costing twice as much. Los Angeles Times, "More Americans are prepared for a recession, thanks to painful lessons of the last one," 12 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of skimp was in 1775

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“Skimp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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