\ ˈskimp How to pronounce skimp (audio) \

Definition of skimp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: skimpy


skimped; skimping; skimps

Definition of skimp (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give insufficient or barely sufficient attention or effort to or funds for

intransitive verb

: to save by or as if by skimping

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Synonyms & Antonyms for skimp

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of skimp in a Sentence

Verb Parents shouldn't skimp when it comes to their child's safety. we must skimp and save if we are going to afford a vacation this summer
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The caviar is often canned or frozen during the summer and fall to enjoy during the long winters—a taste of sunshine when our daylight hours are shortened to a skimp five. Irina Groushevaia, Bon Appétit, 15 July 2021 Hailing from Southeast London, this rising star is no stranger to the spotlight and her impressive acting credits both in television and film are not skimp by any means. Mia Uzzell, Essence, 22 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The episodes don't skimp on the brutal, sometimes lethal violence of the drug world. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 24 Sep. 2021 Given the current challenges facing managers, this is no time for companies to skimp on training leaders. Mark Murphy, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 Never one to skimp on storage, Hayslett added lower and upper cabinetry around the grill. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, 16 Sep. 2021 Made from a hybrid combination of coils and memory foam, this flippable mattress doesn't skimp on pressure relief. Katie Simpson,, 3 Sep. 2021 Pumpkin everything at Trader Joe's The popular supermarket chain, 4600 Shelbyville Road, doesn't skimp on the pumpkin spice offerings. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 24 Aug. 2021 Of course, this device doesn’t skimp on performance. Maren Estrada, BGR, 14 Aug. 2021 Pre-show Olsen and her glam squad of stylist Elizabeth Stewart, makeup artist Pati Dubroff, and hairstylist Adir Abergel put together an understated look that didn’t skimp on luxury. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 20 Sep. 2021 Don’t skimp on any one group amid carbs, proteins, and fats, as your body needs more macronutrients than less. Erica Sweeney, Good Housekeeping, 16 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of skimp


1775, in the meaning defined above


circa 1879, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for skimp


perhaps alteration of scrimp

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“Skimp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of skimp

: to spend less time, money, etc., on something than is needed


\ ˈskimp How to pronounce skimp (audio) \
skimped; skimping

Kids Definition of skimp

: to give too little or just enough attention or effort to or money for


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