skimpy

adjective
\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 bathing suit is not skimpy and would not be considered revealing by any standards. Jeanne Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Dear Abby: Divorced dad vows to boycott any events that include his ex," 28 June 2018 Wearing a skimpy black Girls On Swim bikini, which has translucent, PVC straps, Kourtney looked completely flawless while on vacation. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kourtney Kardashian Just Wore the Tiniest Bikini on Vacation with Her Boyfriend," 30 June 2018 My bathing suit is not skimpy and would not be considered revealing by any standards. Jeanne Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Dear Abby: Divorced dad vows to boycott any events that include his ex," 28 June 2018 My bathing suit is not skimpy and would not be considered revealing by any standards. Abigail Van Buren, Houston Chronicle, "Divorced dad vows to boycott any events that include his ex," 27 June 2018 In a high-stakes bid for conservative support, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to demands from Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas to allow insurers to sell low-cost, skimpier plans as part of a new health care bill. Jennifer Kimrey, Houston Chronicle, "CHI St. Luke’s Health slates hiring events July 9-13," 1 July 2018 Or the defense is never good enough to hold a skimpy lead. Omar Kelly, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Kelly: A verdict on Ryan Tannehill is overdue | Commentary," 26 June 2018 There was little money in his sports: purses were skimpy, and there was no Olympic skimo or trail running. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Are Kilian Jornet's Speed Records Too Good to Be True?," 12 July 2018 Going forward, the administration wants navigators to steer clients into skimpier health coverage. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Administration Aims to Steer People Toward Junk Health Plans Over Obamacare," 11 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

skimp

skimpingly

skimpy

skin

skin and bones

skinball

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The first known use of skimpy was in 1842

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skimpy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of skimpy

: very small in size or amount

skimpy

adjective
\ˈskim-pē \
skimpier; skimpiest

Kids Definition of skimpy

: very small in size or amount : scanty

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