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skimp definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: work hastily or carelessly; deal with inadequately and superficially [syn: skimp, scant]
2: limit in quality or quantity [syn: scant, skimp]
3: subsist on a meager allowance; "scratch and scrimp" [syn: scrimp, stint, skimp]
4: supply sparingly and with restricted quantities; "sting with the allowance" [syn: stint, skimp, scant]

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective Etymology: perhaps alteration of scrimp Date: 1775 skimpy II. verb Date: circa 1879 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

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v., adj., & n. --v. 1 tr. (often foll. by in) supply (a person etc.) meagrely with food, money, etc. 2 tr. use a meagre or insufficient amount of, stint (material, expenses, etc.). 3 intr. be parsimonious. --adj. scanty. --n. colloq. a small or scanty thing, esp. a skimpy garment. Etymology: 18th c.: orig. unkn.: cf. SCRIMP

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Skimp Skimp, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Skimped; p. pr. & vb. n. Skimping.] [Cf. Skinch, Scamp, v. t.] 1. To slight; to do carelessly; to scamp. [Prov. Eng. & Colloq. U.S.] 2. To make insufficient allowance for; to scant; to scrimp. [Prov. Eng. & Colloq. U. S.]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Skimp Skimp, v. i. To save; to be parsimonious or niggardly. [Prov. Eng. & Colloq. U.S.]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Skimp Skimp, a. Scanty. [Prov. Eng. & Colloq. U.S.]

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(skimps, skimping, skimped) If you skimp on something, you use less time, money, or material for it than you really need, so that the result is not good enough. Many families must skimp on their food and other necessities just to meet the monthly rent. = scrimp VERB: V on n

Moby Thesaurus

begrudge, blink, carefully ignore, cold-shoulder, cut a corner, cut corners, dodge, economize, enforce economies, exiguous, famish, fudge, grudge, husband, keep within compass, live upon nothing, make ends meet, manage, pass over, pass over lightly, pinch, pinch pennies, poor, put something aside, save, scamp, scant, scanty, scrape, scrape and save, screw, scrimp, scrimpy, short, skim, skim over, skim the surface, skimpy, skip over, slight, slubber over, slur, slur over, spare, sparse, starve, stint, touch upon, touch upon lightly


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