skimp

adjective
\ ˈskimp How to pronounce skimp (audio) \

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

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Foodies could start simple neighborhood cafés (but skimp on chomping those calories). Ken Fisher, USA TODAY, "Here's the secret for living longer and loving retirement," 16 June 2019 Furthermore, many of the helmets have been found to be dangerously vulnerable to bullets and shrapnel, thanks to a corrupt contractor skimping on the necessary bulletproof material. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "The Military-Industrial Virus," 10 June 2019 That’s where candidates are getting the idea that Amazon is skimping on its taxes — but that number doesn’t tell you Amazon’s actual tax burden any more than your Apple receipt tells you the actual cost of your phone. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A conservative audit of Facebook’s speech policies is running behind schedule," 3 July 2019 Stranger Things season 3 is a true popcorn blockbuster from beginning to end that also doesn’t skimp on the emotions. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "These Are The New Netflix Treats For July 4th Weekend —Besides Stranger Things," 2 July 2019 Lawmakers also skimped on funding for regulatory and social costs. Jason Grotto, ProPublica, "Illinois Is Poised to Become the Gambling Capital of the Midwest," 10 June 2019 No doubt there will be plenty of tunes from his recent LP Ride Waves, but Griz has never been one to skimp on the classics. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Griz Announces Two Grizmas in July Shows," 18 June 2019 Then clip on your taillight and stash your U-lock—the pack has dedicated spots for both. MiiR's Commuter backpack is a big and light bag that promises not to skimp on durability or waterproofing. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Commuter Backpacks for the Daily Grind," 2 May 2019 Another problem is that the real world doesn’t skimp on detail. Quanta Magazine, "A Universal Law for the ‘Blood of the Earth’," 28 Nov. 2018

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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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skimobile

skim off

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skimpingly

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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 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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