\ 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 skimpy (audio) \ adverb
skimpiness \ ˈskim-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce skimpy (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 In addition to complaining that the checks were too skimpy, Mr. Trump had criticized the spending portion of the 5,593-page year-end package, which includes routine funding for foreign allies and international programs. Andrew Restuccia, WSJ, "House Efforts to Alter Coronavirus Package Fail, Leaving Aid in Limbo," 24 Dec. 2020 This isn't the first time that Hadid has donned a skimpy top during the chilly weather. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid Just Posed in a Cropped T-Shirt on a Snowy Rooftop in New York," 19 Dec. 2020 The bad is that Apple is very skimpy on ports, just two for the Pro. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Review: Apple's new MacBook Air is speedy with iPhone-inspired chip, but here's what's missing," 9 Dec. 2020 Thirty smiling foot of Riley in skimpy running shorts, T-shirt, fanciest of training shoes postered for months up on a wall next to Kmart entrance to the mall. John Edgar Wideman, The New Yorker, "Rwanda," 7 Dec. 2020 After getting his fill, with the skimpy remains of one pumpkin landing near the home's front door and the other just off of the porch, the deer calmly walks away from the house. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Deer enjoys quick snack on porch of Birmingham home, doorbell video shows," 13 Nov. 2020 These skimpy policies had lower monthly premiums than more expansive plans. Kate Ashford,, "Preexisting Conditions: What Could Qualify as One, and Why It Matters," 10 Nov. 2020 Inspired by Borat’s signature skimpy lime green swimsuit, Dilmanov drew Borat as a mermaid sitting atop a stone and then posted it to his social media accounts. Washington Post, "We asked Kazakh celebrities what they think of 'Borat'. The verdict was less than ‘very nice.’," 5 Nov. 2020 Hollywood is delaying releases because of skimpy audiences, creating a chicken and egg problem. Cara Buckley, New York Times, "How New York’s Small Cinemas Are Hanging On," 27 Oct. 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 27 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce skimpy (audio)

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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