\ 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 Make sure your write-up appeals to women, who make 90 percent of the bookings, Biggs said. Don’t skimp. Marni Jameson,, "Inns and outs of Airbnb, part two: Success is in the details," 25 Oct. 2019 Inspiring Grounds and Sweet Dreams Bakery in Dunn, North Carolina made the sweet treat, and didn’t skimp on the details. Dave Quinn,, "Husband Surprises Amazon-Loving Wife with a Birthday Cake Made to Look Exactly Like a Package," 26 July 2019 While Julia likes to save and Marina likes to socialize, this was not a time to skimp on a hostel and relive our glory days of backpacking around Europe. Maggie Parker, Glamour, "Ditch Your Spouse. Take a Babymoon With Your Best Friends, Instead," 26 Aug. 2019 Similar shortfalls face many other state and local pension funds as a result of increasing life-spans, overoptimistic return assumptions and government decisions to skimp on pension contributions. Heather Gillers, WSJ, "Calpers Fell Short of Its Own Goals in Fiscal 2019," 11 July 2019 Players who skimp on preparation have no chance with Diacre. Elian Peltier, New York Times, "Corinne Diacre and the Game of Her Life," 22 June 2019 Sundance is never one to skimp on insanity, and this year looks to be no different. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "5 burning questions we have about this year's Sundance Film Festival," 16 Jan. 2018 These large and surprisingly filling entrees don’t skimp on the seafood and veggie portions. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: A tasting tour under Carlsbad’s windmill," 12 Sep. 2019 As prices rise, buyers skimp: regulars who used to buy a kilogram of fruit now settle for half. The Economist, "Egypt is reforming its economy, but poverty is rising," 8 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of skimp was in 1775

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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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