verb (used without object)
to be sparing or frugal; economize (often followed by on ): They scrimped and saved for everything they have. He spends most of his money on clothes, and scrimps on food.
verb (used with object)
to be sparing or restrictive of or in; limit severely: to scrimp food.
to keep on short allowance; provide sparingly for: to scrimp their elderly parents.

1710–20; < Scandinavian; compare Swedish skrympa, Norwegian, Danish skrumpe (orig. *skrimpa, strong v.) to shrivel, cognate with Middle High German schrimpfen to contract; see shrimp

unscrimped, adjective

1. skimp, stint, save, scrape. Unabridged
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scrimp (skrɪmp)
vb (when intr, sometimes foll by on)
1.  to be very economical or sparing in the use (of) (esp in the phrase scrimp and save)
2.  (tr) to treat meanly: he is scrimping his children
3.  (tr) to cut too small
4.  a less common word for scant
[C18: Scottish, origin unknown]

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Word Origin & History

"to make too small," 1774, originally an adj., "scant, meager" (1718), possibly from a Scand. source (cf. Swed. skrumpna "to shrink, shrivel up"), or from a continental Gmc. source akin to M.H.G. schrimpfen, Ger. schrumpfen "to shrivel" (cf. shrimp).
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Example sentences
Failure to deliver it would look unseemly at a time when politicians are asking voters to scrimp.
He also found it is best not to scrimp on the radiator.
They are economizing but not scrimp ing, acting cautiously but not miserly.
As some chefs scrimp on ingredients, cheaper cuts of meat are making their debuts on the menu.
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