\ 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, 22 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Lyn doesn’t skimp on the sentimentality, with swelling music and whatnot. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 15 May 2021 First Aid Only doesn’t skimp on quantity either, making this kit large enough for families. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, 5 May 2021 Despite being in the desert, these tents don't skimp on the comforts and glamour of nearby Dubai. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 21 Apr. 2021 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, 6 Apr. 2021 The homes two-story garage doesn't skimp on forward-thinking technology, either. Nathalie Kirby, House Beautiful, 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, 26 Mar. 2021 But these new micro-itineraries don't skimp on the cultural sites or unforgettable ports of call. Paul Brady, Travel + Leisure, 1 Mar. 2021 Don’t skimp on quality when choosing the best ice fishing rod. Field & Stream, 26 Feb. 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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“Skimp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 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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