Definition of scrimp in English:

scrimp

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Pronunciation: /skrɪmp
 
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verb

[no object]
  • Be thrifty or parsimonious; economize: I have scrimped and saved to give you a good education
    More example sentences
    • Maguire, silver-haired but with a youthful face, looks surprisingly well put together for a man who scrimps on his clothing budget.
    • Gina quits her job and scrimps together enough money to open her own salon.
    • Can you scrimp and save enough to cover that cost?
    Synonyms
    economize, skimp, be (more) economical, make economies, scrimp and scrape, save; be thrifty, be frugal, tighten one's belt, cut back, make cutbacks, budget, retrench, husband one's resources, cut costs, cut expenditure, draw in one's horns, watch one's pennies, look after the pence; North American pinch the pennies
    black English rake and scrape

Origin

mid 18th century (in the sense 'keep short of food'): from Scots scrimp 'meagre'; perhaps related to shrimp.

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