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[skim-pee] /ˈskɪm pi/
adjective, skimpier, skimpiest.
lacking in size, fullness, etc.; scanty:
a skimpy hem; a skimpy dinner.
too thrifty; stingy:
a skimpy housekeeper.
Origin of skimpy
1835-45; skimp + -y1
Related forms
skimpily, adverb
skimpiness, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for skimpy


adjective skimpier, skimpiest
(of clothes, etc) made of too little material; scanty
excessively thrifty; mean; stingy
Derived Forms
skimpily, adverb
skimpiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for skimpy

1842, from skimp (adj.) "scanty" (1775), which perhaps ultimately is from an early 18c. alteration of scrimp or a variant of scamp (v.). Related: Skimpiness.

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