Definition of skimp in English:

skimp

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Pronunciation: /skɪmp
 
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verb

[no object]
  • Expend or use less time, money, or material on something than is necessary in an attempt to economize: don’t skimp on insurance when you book your holidays
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    • With each model, the Japanese auto makers are trying to ensure buyers get a car that offers better fuel economy but doesn't skimp on power and comfort.
    • In the knowledge economy, we can't skimp on research.
    • But the fact is that justice costs, and if we skimp on the money, then we skimp on the justice too.
    Synonyms
    stint on, scrimp on, be sparing with, be economical with, economize on, be frugal with, cut back on; be mean with, be parsimonious with, be niggardly with; cut corners, pinch pennies
    informal be stingy with, be mingy with, be tight with
    do hastily, do carelessly, dash off, cut corners with
    rare scamp

noun

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  • A fashionably short or revealing garment: she wore a yellow skimp
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    • Tibetan society is charming but conservative, and the thought of Tibetan hotties mincing down the catwalk in their skimp challenged all credibility.

Origin

late 18th century: of unknown origin; compare with scamp2 and scrimp.

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