scrimps

scrimp

[skrimp]
verb (used without object)
1.
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)
2.
to be sparing or restrictive of or in; limit severely: to scrimp food.
3.
to keep on short allowance; provide sparingly for: to scrimp their elderly parents.

Origin:
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.
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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
 
adj
4.  a less common word for scant
 
[C18: Scottish, origin unknown]
 
'scrimpy
 
adj
 
'scrimpily
 
adv
 
'scrimpiness
 
n

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scrimp
"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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