\ 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 Yet the renters need the relief a lot more, for a fundamental reason: their incomes are a lot skimpier than paychecks for homeowners. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "The government’s mortgage forbearance policies exclude 61% of Americans," 14 May 2020 Lackluster Third Row While many three-row luxury crossovers provide less-than-palatial accommodations in their way-back seats, the RX L's are particularly skimpy on space. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2020 Lexus RX350L Brings Cramped Third-Row Accommodations," 7 May 2020 There’s even a glimpse of nudity after Mary dons a skimpy Folies Bergere costume to entice a drunken Jack away from a French seductress. Jeanne Jakle,, "San Antonio made movie history in 1920s with first Academy Award best picture winner ‘Wings’," 5 May 2020 The meals were skimpy compared to what’s served in the cafeteria line at Glide Memorial Church. Kevin Fagan,, "In coronavirus landscape, moving homeless people into hotels is a puzzle," 20 Apr. 2020 But his skimpy body of work means his starting spot isn’t cemented. Eric Branch,, "49ers’ secondary problems a year away, but will they draft now to prepare?," 22 Apr. 2020 Even skimpy, intermittent resistance training can help people avoid shedding muscle mass and strength during this lockdown. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "Older and Stuck at Home? Expert Advice on Fitness," 22 Apr. 2020 The shift of the polar jet stream to the north this winter meant fewer Pacific storms slamming into Northern California and a skimpy snowpack in the Sierra. Los Angeles Times, "Among the ‘climate monsters’ that afflict California, Megadrought is the most reliable," 16 Apr. 2020 In that context, the skimpy mask supply in the Strategic National Stockpile is not the thing that derailed the American response to COVID-19. Olga Khazan, The Atlantic, "How the Richest Country on Earth Started Running Out of Masks," 10 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of skimpy

1842, in the meaning defined above

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“Skimpy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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