\ ˈskim-pē \
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 \ adverb
skimpiness \ ˈskim-​pē-​nəs \ 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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My skimpy, short, itty-bitty-baby lashes suddenly looked thick, full, and fluttery, as if I were born with naturally killer lashes. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "7 Game-Changing Mascara Techniques You've Probably Never Considered Before," 4 May 2015 And my father’s new girlfriend, with her belly button piercing, skimpy clothing, and wild mane, became a stand-in for Angelina. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "My Parents Divorced at the Same Time as Brad and Jen—and Yes, There Was an Angelina," 29 Nov. 2018 The Trump administration has already taken several major steps to make these skimpier plans more available, issuing two regulations this year to loosen requirements on health plans. Noam N. Levey, The Seattle Times, "Trump administration takes another step to allow plans that don’t cover pre-existing health conditions," 22 Oct. 2018 As a member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, Kendall Jenner knows how to rock a skimpy look. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner Wears a Skintight Latex Bodysuit and Looks Totally Flawless," 28 July 2018 My bathing suit is not skimpy and would not be considered revealing by any standards. Jeanne Phillips,, "Dear Abby: Divorced dad vows to boycott any events that include his ex," 28 June 2018 Still, a joint statement signed by the two after their meeting — the first ever between a sitting American president and a North Korean leader — was as skimpy as the summit was extravagant. Mark Landler,, "The summit was unprecedented, the statement vague, and the day historic," 13 June 2018 Also, the skimpy supplies are pushing up prices, another factor that could be discouraging some buyers. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Mortgage interest rates 2018: Rates hit 7-year high, slow home sales," 24 May 2018 And health officials are finishing rules intended to expand the use of skimpy, short-term health plans first created as a brief bridge for people between jobs. Amy Goldstein, Washington Post, "More Americans pay for ACA health plans, despite Trump administration moves to undercut law," 2 July 2018

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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 \
skimpier; skimpiest

Kids Definition of skimpy

: very small in size or amount : scanty

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