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

Definition of skimpy

: deficient in supply or execution especially through skimping : scanty

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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 There aren’t any Core i3 offerings, or versions with skimpy memory or SSD capacities. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft launches Surface Laptop 4 with huge performance, battery life claims," 13 Apr. 2021 Its share price kept rising over the years, despite its skimpy and unpredictable profits and widespread skepticism from Wall Street. New York Times, "Hungry for Investors, Some Companies Woo the Little Guy," 13 Apr. 2021 In the show’s premiere, Mescal made Gaelic football, a mix between European football/American soccer and rugby, look like the hottest sport in the world thanks to the skimpy nature of his blue-and-gold uniform shorts. Eliza Huber,, "Do You Have A Crush, Or Is It The Short Shorts?," 8 Apr. 2021 Aside from a new set of skimpy clothes and a single-piece handlebar, the Tuono is almost identical mechanically to the RS. Peter Jackson, Robb Report, "First Ride: The Aprilia Tuono 660 Is a Naked Bike That Exposes Very Few Faults," 30 Mar. 2021 People-watching is a great pastime here, as the clear, aquamarine water and white sand beaches draw celebrities and beautiful people in skimpy swim attire. Cassie Armstrong,, "We’ve got a beach for that," 28 Mar. 2021 Income inequality is stark in the area, notorious for skimpy wages. John Flesher, Detroit Free Press, "Gun display during Zoom call reveals racial undercurrent in Traverse City," 22 Feb. 2021 Mad Max adventure in which Rick wears a skimpy leather outfit with a swordfish inexplicably piercing his abdomen. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, "‘Rick and Morty’ Return for More Sci-Fi Mayhem in Season Five Trailer," 30 Mar. 2021 The insurance requirements, though, are a bit skimpy. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Three years after Roy plane crash, Utah passes law requiring pilot insurance," 28 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of skimpy

1842, in the meaning defined above

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22 Apr 2021

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“Skimpy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of skimpy

: very small in size or amount


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

Kids Definition of skimpy

: very small in size or amount : scanty

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