\ 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 skimpily (audio) \ adverb
skimpiness \ ˈskim-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce skimpiness (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 Another photo showed him in a skimpy, leopard-skin Speedo. Ron Kroichick,, "Giants manager Gabe Kapler: Greatest (and weirdest) hits from his blog," 13 Nov. 2019 The skimpy state of dental insurance in the US has led to the rise of dubious direct-to-consumer companies for adults with insurance. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "The sorry state of US dental insurance led to the rise of direct-to-consumer orthodontia," 21 Jan. 2020 Health policy experts say that change would drive up ACA premiums by drawing healthier people to less expensive, skimpier insurance plans. Washington Post, "Georgia could be first state to test Trump health proposals," 20 Dec. 2019 Society members were worried about seeing girls in skimpy bathing suits; their kids would try to swim in jeans, which left behind fibers that taxed the pool’s filtration system. Emma Green, The Atlantic, "The Christian Withdrawal Experiment," 12 Dec. 2019 And while most of us are living vicariously via her beautiful beach shots and skimpy selection of swimwear, some online trolls are trying to ruin the actress's fun. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Beckinsale Hits Back at Trolls Criticizing Her Steamy Bikini Pics," 4 Dec. 2019 To be fair about it, from the vantage point of 2019, the pay rate was kind of skimpy, in Alabama’s case. al, "Alabama’s mortifying miscount of 1820 Census; and the tally is still wrong," 28 Dec. 2019 The temperature registered around 6 degrees as Greg Rowland, 36 and wearing a shiveringly skimpy swimsuit, hopped into Anchorage’s Goose Lake on Saturday morning. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "Hundreds take an icy leap at the annual Polar Plunge," 22 Dec. 2019 The pic, which went up on Sunday, shows Lopez wearing a skimpy white bikini with her washboard abs on full display. Christina Oehler,, "J.Lo’s Latest Bikini Pic Shows Off Her Incredible Abs—Here’s How She Keeps Them Toned," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of skimpy

1842, in the meaning defined above

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“Skimpy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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