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[chee-poh] /ˈtʃi poʊ/
adjective, noun, Slang.
Also, el cheapo.
Origin of cheapo
1970-75; cheap + -o

el cheapo

[el chee-poh] /ˌɛl ˈtʃi poʊ/
Slang. cheapo. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cheapo
  • My old el-cheapo digital camera is really showing its age.
  • So why sell a cheapo when there is money to be made.
British Dictionary definitions for cheapo


adjective, noun (pl) cheapos
(informal) very cheap and possibly shoddy
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Contemporary definitions for cheapo
adjective, noun


Word Origin

patterned on el Greco, etc.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for cheapo

1967, from cheap (adj.) + -o.

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Slang definitions & phrases for cheapo



: 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+)

Related Terms

el cheapo

el cheapo


: Beware of plaid shirts, el cheapo haircuts and candidates who talk r-e-a-l slow

noun phrase

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]

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