patterned on el Greco, etc.
: cheapie ripoffs of The Godfather/ Our Tenth Annual Cheapo Guide
Any cheaply made or cheaply sold item: No ticket in town is a cheapie these days/ retreads, ethnic shoes, and Woolworth cheapos/ Wood made this fairly ordinary cheapie a mere year after Glenn or Glenda ( first form 1898+, second 1950s+)
: Beware of plaid shirts, el cheapo haircuts and candidates who talk r-e-a-l slow
A cheap product; a piece of shoddy merchandise: They bought the El Cheapos and found they didn't work
[1960s+; probably first applied like El Ropo, to cheap cigars, since many cigars have Spanish names; see el -o, mock-Spanish combining form]