skimpier; skimpiest
: deficient in supply or execution especially through skimping : scanty
skimpily adverb
skimpiness noun
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meager, scanty, scant, skimpy, spare, sparse mean falling short of what is normal, necessary, or desirable.

meager implies the absence of elements, qualities, or numbers necessary to a thing's richness, substance, or potency.

a meager portion of meat

scanty stresses insufficiency in amount, quantity, or extent.

supplies too scanty to last the winter

scant suggests a falling short of what is desired or desirable rather than of what is essential.

in January the daylight hours are scant

skimpy usually suggests niggardliness or penury as the cause of the deficiency.

tacky housing developments on skimpy lots

spare may suggest a slight falling short of adequacy or merely an absence of superfluity.

a spare, concise style of writing

sparse implies a thin scattering of units.

a sparse population

Examples of skimpy in a Sentence

the information in the user's manual for the microwave is skimpy and not particularly helpful
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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of skimpy was in 1842

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“Skimpy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


skimpier; skimpiest
: barely enough : scanty
skimpily adverb
skimpiness noun

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