\ ˈskim-pē How to pronounce skimpy (audio) \
skimpier; skimpiest

Definition of skimpy

: deficient in supply or execution especially through skimping : scanty

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Other Words from skimpy

skimpily \ ˈskim-​pə-​lē How to pronounce skimpily (audio) \ adverb
skimpiness \ ˈskim-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce skimpiness (audio) \ noun

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meager, scanty, scant, skimpy, spare, sparse mean falling short of what is normal, necessary, or desirable. meager implies the absence of elements, qualities, or numbers necessary to a thing's richness, substance, or potency. a meager portion of meat scanty stresses insufficiency in amount, quantity, or extent. supplies too scanty to last the winter scant suggests a falling short of what is desired or desirable rather than of what is essential. in January the daylight hours are scant skimpy usually suggests niggardliness or penury as the cause of the deficiency. tacky housing developments on skimpy lots spare may suggest a slight falling short of adequacy or merely an absence of superfluity. a spare, concise style of writing sparse implies a thin scattering of units. a sparse population

Examples of skimpy in a Sentence

the information in the user's manual for the microwave is skimpy and not particularly helpful

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Ramsey Ramerman, an Everett assistant city attorney, said some of the clothing was skimpier than a basic bikini. Ralph Ellis, Marlena Baldacci And Chris Boyette, CNN, "Federal appeals court rules against 'bikini baristas'," 5 July 2019 Dancers at The Wrap, a strip joint directly across the street from Souza’s shop, began showing up regularly with outrageously high platform shoes and audacious, skimpy outfits. Kevin Cullen,, "In White River Junction, sisters are doing it for themselves," 4 July 2019 Scores of documents and considerations factor into purchasing a home; a three-page rundown seems dangerously skimpy. Nneka Mcguire, Dallas News, "Do millennial women really need the book 'How to Skimm Your Life'? Give us more credit," 25 June 2019 All of the fun paid off in the end, with Graham modeling some ultra-skimpy bikinis including suits from her own line, Swimsuits for All x Ashley Graham, and even a risky ultra-thin halter top. Dave Quinn,, "Ashley Graham Twerks in a Tiny Thong Bikini on Set of Her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Shoot," 1 Mar. 2018 Since launching her own brand, Inamorata, which caters to anyone in need of a seriously skimpy swimwear look, EmRata has been posting even more bikini photos on Instagram. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emily Ratajkowski Says She's Her "Own Sugar Daddy" While Wearing the Tiniest Bikini," 29 Apr. 2019 Much like her famous sisters, Kourtney Kardashian regularly rocks revealing dresses, and has been known to pose in skimpy outfits almost as often as Kim Kardashian West. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kourtney Kardashian's Silver Strapless Dress Will Give You Serious Tin Foil Vibes," 8 Dec. 2018 What the administration is actually doing, of course, is simply legalizing skimpy plans that provide little in the way of benefits and don’t protect patients with preexisting health care conditions. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Trump’s bizarre post-election press conference, explained," 7 Nov. 2018 All that uncertainty makes alternate revenue streams crucial, especially for grocers, which generate much skimpier margins than, say, fashion or luxury retailers. Matthew Boyle, The Seattle Times, "Amazon has a big advertising business. Walmart wants one too," 19 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of skimpy

1842, in the meaning defined above

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Dictionary Entries near skimpy

skim off





skin and bones


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English Language Learners Definition of skimpy

: very small in size or amount


\ ˈskim-pē How to pronounce skimpy (audio) \
skimpier; skimpiest

Kids Definition of skimpy

: very small in size or amount : scanty

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something desired as essential

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