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skimp

[skimp] /skɪmp/
verb (used without object)
1.
to scrimp.
verb (used with object)
2.
to scrimp.
3.
to scamp.
adjective
4.
skimpy; scanty.
Origin of skimp
1875-1880
1875-80; origin uncertain
Related forms
skimpingly, adverb
Synonyms
1, 2. stint, pinch.
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Examples from the Web for skimp
Historical Examples
  • "You ain't called to skimp yo'self none on dat rice," she told him confidentially.

    A Woman Named Smith Marie Conway Oemler
  • Theyve a pretty good substitute for skimp; at least I think that Bunty will play a good game.

    Betty Lee, Freshman David Goodger (goodger@python.org)
  • After that, however, they began to skimp on our food and to give us things of poor quality.

    In the Flash Ranging Service Edward Alva Trueblood
  • He began to skimp a little and I found out afterwards that one reason he grew so thin was because he did away with his noon meal.

    One Way Out William Carleton
  • Nina's dress was of raspberry cloth, cut in the latest exaggeration of fashion—her skirt was short and skimp as her hat was huge.

    The Title Market Emily Post
  • We'uns has ten chillun and sometimes we has to skimp, but we gets on.

  • There must be something inherently mean in women, to skimp themselves as they do.

    Big Game Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • Fong liked the work at the Diamond H; he also like the generous wages and not having to skimp in any way.

    The Long Dim Trail Forrestine C. Hooker
  • Then as the sober days of manhood came, and Landy witnessed the finish of the improvident and foolish, he began to save and skimp.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • You do not skimp or shirk performances of duty or contract, but rather go further and give more than expected or asked.

British Dictionary definitions for skimp

skimp

/skɪmp/
verb
1.
to be extremely sparing or supply (someone) sparingly; stint
2.
to perform (work, etc) carelessly, hastily, or with inadequate materials
Word Origin
C17: perhaps a combination of scant and scrimp
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Word Origin and History for skimp
v.

1879, probably a back-formation of skimpy. Related: Skimped; skimping.

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