skimpy

adjective
\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web This approach forced wages down and led to assaults on unionization, waves of layoffs, offshoring and skimpier health and retirement plans. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: In shocking reversal, Big Business puts the shareholder value myth in the grave," 19 Aug. 2019 Rising mortgage rates and skimpier tax benefits haven’t slowed Bay Area home prices yet, especially in Santa Clara County, where the median price surpassed $1 million for the first time last month. Kathleen Pender, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area home prices up again as Santa Clara county joins $1 million club," 22 Mar. 2018 One of the hottest new scams out there involves fraudsters who file phony tax returns in the hopes of getting a relatively skimpy tax refund. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Tax scams try new tricks to steal refunds," 19 Feb. 2020 Twenty-one states and lawyers negotiating for cities and towns have called the proposal too skimpy, with too long a timetable for communities that need help immediately. Jan Hoffman, New York Times, "Payout From a National Opioids Settlement Won’t Be as Big as Hoped," 17 Feb. 2020 Twenty-one states and lawyers negotiating for cities and towns have called the proposal too skimpy, with too long a timetable for communities that need help immediately. Jan Hoffman, BostonGlobe.com, "Payout from a national opioids settlement won’t be as big as hoped," 17 Feb. 2020 Another photo showed him in a skimpy, leopard-skin Speedo. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Giants manager Gabe Kapler: Greatest (and weirdest) hits from his blog," 13 Nov. 2019 The skimpy state of dental insurance in the US has led to the rise of dubious direct-to-consumer companies for adults with insurance. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "The sorry state of US dental insurance led to the rise of direct-to-consumer orthodontia," 21 Jan. 2020 Health policy experts say that change would drive up ACA premiums by drawing healthier people to less expensive, skimpier insurance plans. Washington Post, "Georgia could be first state to test Trump health proposals," 20 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of skimpy

1842, in the meaning defined above

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“Skimpy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skimpy. Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for skimpy

skimpy

adjective
How to pronounce skimpy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of skimpy

: very small in size or amount

skimpy

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

Kids Definition of skimpy

: very small in size or amount : scanty

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