skimpy

adjective \ ˈskim-pē \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of skimpy

skimpier; skimpiest
: deficient in supply or execution especially through skimping : scanty

skimpily

play \ˈskim-pə-lē\ adverb

skimpiness

play \ˈskim-pē-nəs\ noun

Examples of skimpy in a Sentence

  1. the information in the user's manual for the microwave is skimpy and not particularly helpful

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First Known Use of skimpy

1842

Synonym Discussion of skimpy

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

SKIMPY Defined for English Language Learners

skimpy

adjective

Definition of skimpy for English Language Learners

  • : very small in size or amount


SKIMPY Defined for Kids

skimpy

adjective \ ˈskim-pē \

Definition of skimpy for Students

skimpier; skimpiest
: very small in size or amount : scanty


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