before 900; Middle English cheep
(short for phrases, as good cheep
cheap, literally, good bargain), Old English cēap
bargain, market, trade; cognate with German Kauf, Old Norse kaup;
all < Latin caupō
innkeeper, tradesman; see chapman
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1, 4. Cheap, inexpensive
agree in their suggestion of low cost. Cheap
now usually suggests shoddiness, inferiority, showy imitation, complete unworthiness, and the like: a cheap kind of fur. Inexpensive
emphasizes lowness of price (although more expensive than cheap
) and suggests that the value is fully equal to the cost: an inexpensive dress.
It is often used as an evasion for the more specific cheap., 4.
paltry, low, poor, inferior, base.
costly, dear, expensive. 8.