\ 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

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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 If your budget can make room for the m17 R4, definitely order one—and don’t skimp on the upgrades. Dave Johnson, Forbes, 10 June 2021 Pacaso makes owning a second home more attainable, but the company doesn’t skimp on the details. Dallas News, 30 May 2021 Regardless of personal preference, most would agree that the best underwear for women shouldn’t skimp on comfort. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 25 May 2021 But Shortland does not skimp on the action — the first 40 minutes or so of the 2 hour and 13 minute film are almost nonstop harrowing chases. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 30 June 2021 Although Porsches are certainly still driver’s cars, the sports-car marque doesn’t skimp out on its infotainment technology. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 18 June 2021 Don’t skimp on this advice since kiwi vines are susceptible to root rot. oregonlive, 14 June 2021 Lyn doesn’t skimp on the sentimentality, with swelling music and whatnot. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 15 May 2021 First Aid Only doesn’t skimp on quantity either, making this kit large enough for families. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, 5 May 2021

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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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25 Jul 2021

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“Skimp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of skimp

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


\ 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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