\ ˈskimp How to pronounce skimp (audio) \

Definition of skimp

 (Entry 1 of 2)


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: Verb But just because the groceries are being delivered by dog does not mean that customers can skimp on the tip. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "An Adorable Dog Is Making Food Deliveries in Colombia," 9 July 2020 The bathroom doesn’t skimp on color, either, making a statement with a deep green vanity against neutral tile and accessories. Nena Farrell, Sunset Magazine, "13 Gorgeous Sinks We’d Love to Wash Our Hands In," 2 July 2020 The potential profits incentivize sellers and brokers to skimp on animal welfare, animal advocates and government officials say. Kim Kavin, Washington Post, "A plane packed with hundreds of dogs landed in Canada. On board were 38 dead puppies.," 24 June 2020 Many restaurants also skimp on reporting their workers' hours, and some forgo paying their workers a wage at all, forcing them to rely only on tips. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "They were laid off from full-time jobs, but made too little to get unemployment," 28 May 2020 One luxury that’s in no way worth skimping on: an eating utensil. Outdoor Life, "Four next-level camping utensils," 30 Apr. 2020 Their alleged offenses run the gamut from skirting labor laws to violating sick leave requirements to skimping on coronavirus protections for their workers to helping deport a witness in a labor dispute. Kim Kelly, The New Republic, "The Grim New Relevance of Workers Memorial Day," 28 Apr. 2020 There is no need to skimp on plastic in the future, scientists from the program said in November, citing plastic’s recyclability and eclectic use cases. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Plastic Can Walk on its Own Now," 5 Dec. 2019 Although sticking to a budget is a great idea (more on that later), your accommodations aren’t the place to skimp. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "10 Mistakes You Might Make When Traveling Solo — and How to Avoid Them (Video)," 8 Apr. 2020

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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 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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