\ ˈskim-pē How to pronounce skimpy (audio) \
skimpier; skimpiest

Definition of skimpy

: deficient in supply or execution especially through skimping : scanty

Other Words from skimpy

skimpily \ ˈskim-​pə-​lē How to pronounce skimpy (audio) \ adverb
skimpiness \ ˈskim-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce skimpy (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web The modern income statement is skimpy at best and reports six lines: revenues, cost of goods sold, depreciation expense, SGA (selling, general administrative expenses), interest expense, and income tax expense. Shivaram Rajgopal, Forbes, 15 June 2022 Don’t be skimpy with the salt: use about 1 tablespoon per lemon. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 17 May 2022 Cost can also be a barrier to moving beyond test strips for community programs that often run on skimpy budgets. Los Angeles Times, 22 May 2022 Swennen and Stewart worked with Chanel, for whom Stewart is a house ambassador, to create the custom look, which drew some inspiration from the Spring 2022 collection’s skimpy proportions. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 Mar. 2022 The exhibition is a muddle, and a skimpy one at that. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 24 Mar. 2022 The paycheck was skimpy — just over $30,000 after taxes. oregonlive, 24 Apr. 2022 But Two Weather Systems goes to J. Balvin (wearing a long trench coat) and Maria Becerra (in a skimpy leather top). Los Angeles Times, 3 Apr. 2022 Emma sits in her office chair wearing a skimpy tank top, her bare legs crossed. Sam Lipsyte, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of skimpy

1842, in the meaning defined above

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3 Jul 2022

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“Skimpy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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\ ˈskim-pē How to pronounce skimpy (audio) \
skimpier; skimpiest

Kids Definition of skimpy

: very small in size or amount : scanty

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