\ ˈskimp \

Definition of skimp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: skimpy


skimped; skimping; skimps

Definition of skimp (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give insufficient or barely sufficient attention or effort to or funds for

intransitive verb

: to save by or as if by skimping

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Synonyms & Antonyms for skimp

Synonyms: Adjective

exiguous, hand-to-mouth, light, meager (or meagre), niggardly, poor, scant, scanty, scarce, skimpy, slender, slim, spare, sparing, sparse, stingy

Synonyms: Verb

economize, pinch, save, scrimp, spare

Antonyms: Adjective

abundant, ample, bountiful, copious, generous, liberal, plenteous, plentiful

Antonyms: Verb


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Examples of skimp in a Sentence


Parents shouldn't skimp when it comes to their child's safety. we must skimp and save if we are going to afford a vacation this summer

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Just because Ben & Jerry's skimped on the cream and added more air to achieve the new, healthy-ish (emphasis on the -ish) flavors doesn't mean its signature mix-ins are absent. Melissa Minton, Bon Appetit, "Ben & Jerry's Releases Moo-phoria, Three New Low-Calorie Ice Cream Flavors," 7 Feb. 2018 Hopefully the bargain means Gatwick’s new owner won’t skimp on antidrone technology. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "The Deal Gatwick’s Drones Blew Off Course," 27 Dec. 2018 But seriously, my overarching advice is to be creative, not to skimp on the details, get into character, and have some deliciously-evil fun. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "The DIY Guide to Being Harley Quinn This Halloween," 10 Aug. 2016 The Duchess of Cambridge isn't skimping on the jewels at tonight's Dutch State Dinner at Buckingham Palace. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Is Wearing One of the Queen Mother's Favorite Necklaces to the Dutch State Dinner Tonight," 23 Oct. 2018 Goddard also skimps on the humor and witty banter, instead adopting a languid, dour tone that invites boredom. J.r. Kinnard, The Seattle Times, "‘Bad Times at the El Royale’: First-rate cast checks in, but plot twists fizzle out," 8 Oct. 2018 In fact, the trailer doesn’t skimp on revealing many of the film’s big-ticket dance sequences, which, like the original, combine live action with animation. Dan Barna, Glamour, "Emily Blunt Is Absolute Magic in the First Full Mary Poppins Returns Trailer," 17 Sep. 2018 When that happens, don't skimp on paying for a qualified mechanic to make repairs with high-quality components. Alex Leanse, Popular Mechanics, "4 Unusual Ways to Make Your Car Last Longer," 20 Feb. 2017 Clearly these guys don't skimp on quality in any part of their product. Melanie Yates, Woman's Day, "The Best Healthy, Savory Popcorn For Movie Night Is Finally Here," 23 July 2015

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First Known Use of skimp


1775, in the meaning defined above


circa 1879, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for skimp


perhaps alteration of scrimp

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English Language Learners Definition of skimp

: to spend less time, money, etc., on something than is needed


\ ˈskimp \
skimped; skimping

Kids Definition of skimp

: to give too little or just enough attention or effort to or money for

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excited commotion or publicity

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