scrimpy

scrimpy

[skrim-pee]
adjective, scrimpier, scrimpiest.
1.
scanty; meager; barely adequate.
2.
tending to scrimp; frugal; parsimonious.

Origin:
1850–55; scrimp + -y1

scrimpily, adverb
scrimpiness, noun
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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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