\ 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

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


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Examples of skimp in a Sentence


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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To keep flyaways at bay, use a finishing cream, and don’t skimp on using conditioner on your lengths and ends. Allure, "Here's How to Avoid Getting a Bad Haircut," 16 May 2019 Black Panther star Lupita Nyong’o, for one, didn’t skimp on the glamour in a strapless blue beaded fringe dress from Calvin Klein. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Lupita Nyong’o’s Golden Globe Heels Cost $45—Shop the Look (for Less!)," 7 Jan. 2019 One lesson that could be taken from the Manchester study on sending scientists to faraway places: don't skimp on living conditions. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "To Survive Antarctica, Scientists Enter a Kind of 'Psychological Hibernation'," 5 Dec. 2018 Watch out for painters who skimp on or gloss over proper preparation in their bids, Miller said. Brian Sodoma, azcentral, "7 tips to remember when hiring a painting contractor," 19 Mar. 2018 The M1 Abrams, optimized to fight hordes of Soviet tanks, was a pretty good combination of all three features that didn’t skimp in any particular field—and had the pricetag to show for it. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army’s Next 'Tank' Could Look Like Anything," 11 Oct. 2018 Top of the Gate There are a lot of reasons to visit the Watergate Hotel—its infamous history aside, its 2016 restoration remade the landmark in a cutting-edge design that doesn't skimp on luxury. Adele Chapin, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 10 Best Rooftop Bars in Washington, D.C.," 12 July 2018 One of those brands, M-61 (of PowerGlow Peel Pad fame), is at the forefront of rethinking acne products that are gentle without skimping on efficacy. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Exclusive: M-61 Is Launching a Cleanser and Moisturizer for Adult Acne," 11 Mar. 2019 Andrews’s 1965 best actress speech clocks in at just about 30 seconds, managing to both leave the audience wanting more without skimping on the sentiment. Marisa Polansky And Kristine Keller, Vogue, "A Helpful Guide to Nailing Your Oscars Acceptance Speech," 24 Feb. 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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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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