\ ˈskimp How to pronounce skimp (audio) \

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for skimp

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of skimp in a Sentence

Verb 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The caviar is often canned or frozen during the summer and fall to enjoy during the long winters—a taste of sunshine when our daylight hours are shortened to a skimp five. Irina Groushevaia, Bon Appétit, 15 July 2021 Hailing from Southeast London, this rising star is no stranger to the spotlight and her impressive acting credits both in television and film are not skimp by any means. Mia Uzzell, Essence, 22 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Yet Montana grocer Greg Hertz routinely disposes of milk, even while inflation forces families to skimp at the register. Erica Smith Ewing And Daryl James, WSJ, 12 Sep. 2022 Yet the economics of wind power are heavily dependent on federal subsidies, and some experts suggest those subsidies are structured in a way that incentivizes operators to skimp on maintenance for older equipment that is no longer eligible. The Oregonian -, 27 Aug. 2022 And although painting is a quick and relatively straightforward task, don’t skimp on the prep work, Guidry said. Daniel Bortz, Washington Post, 30 June 2022 The dish guarantees bite after bite of savory goodness, and Moon Rabbit does not skimp on the tender meat. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 10 June 2022 Higher fertilizer prices are making the world’s food supply more expensive and less abundant, as farmers skimp on nutrients for their crops and get lower yields. Geoffrey Kaviti, Chinedu Asadu And Paul Wiseman, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Apr. 2022 Higher fertilizer prices are making the world’s food supply more expensive and less abundant, as farmers skimp on nutrients for their crops and get lower yields. The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Apr. 2022 Authorities want to avoid that, knowing poorer families will skimp on nutritious meals at home. Reuters, CNN, 5 July 2022 Some fandeliers can be quite expensive, but this model is a more affordable choice that doesn't skimp on style. Camryn Rabideau, Popular Mechanics, 18 July 2022 See More

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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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“Skimp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for skimp


\ ˈskimp How to pronounce skimp (audio) \
skimped; skimping

Kids Definition of skimp

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


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