Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To economize severely.
  • transitive v. To be excessively sparing with or of.
  • transitive v. To cut or make too small or scanty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pinching miser; a niggard.
  • v. To make too small or short; to scant; to contract; to shorten.
  • v. To limit or straiten; to put on short allowance.
  • v. To be frugal.
  • adj. Short; scanty; curtailed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Short; scanty; curtailed.
  • n. A pinching miser; a niggard.
  • transitive v. To make too small or short; to limit or straiten; to put on short allowance; to scant; to contract; to shorten.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pinch or scant; limit closely; be sparing in the food, clothes, money, etc., of; deal sparingly with; straiten.
  • To be sparing in; narrow, straiten, stint, or contract, especially through a niggard or sparing use or allowance of something; make too small, short, or scanty; limit: as, to scrimp a coat, or the cloth for making it.
  • To be parsimonious or miserly: as, to save and scrimp.
  • Scanty; narrow; deficient; contracted.
  • n. A niggard; a pinching miser.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. subsist on a meager allowance

Etymologies

Perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish skrympa, to shrink.
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