American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To deal with hastily, carelessly, or with poor material: concentrated on reelection, skimping other matters.
- v. To provide for or supply inadequately; be stingy with: accused them of skimping defense funding.
- v. To be stingy or very thrifty.
- adj. Scanty; skimpy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To deal scant measure to; supply with a meager or insufficient allowance: as, to skimp a person in the matter of food.
- To provide in scant or insufficient quantity; give or deal out sparingly; stint: as, to skimp cloth or food.
- To scamp; slight; do superficially or carelessly: as, to skimp a job.
- To be sparing or parsimonious; economize; save.
- To scamp work.
- Scant in quantity or extent; scarcely sufficient; meager; spare: as, skimp fare; a skimp outfit.
- v. To slight; to do carelessly; to scamp.
- v. To make insufficient allowance for; to scant; to scrimp.
- v. To save; to be parsimonious or stingy.
- adj. dated, UK, colloquial Scanty.
- n. A skimpy or insubstantial thing, especially a piece of clothing.
- n. in the plural, colloquial Underwear.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Prov. Eng. & Colloq. U.S. To slight; to do carelessly; to scamp.
- v. Prov. Eng. & Colloq. U. S. To make insufficient allowance for; to scant; to scrimp.
- v. Prov. Eng. & Colloq. U.S. To save; to be parsimonious or niggardly.
- adj. Prov. Eng. & Colloq. U.S. Scanty.
- v. work hastily or carelessly; deal with inadequately and superficially
- v. limit in quality or quantity
- v. supply sparingly and with restricted quantities
- v. subsist on a meager allowance
- Obsolete skimp, scanty, perhaps from alteration of scrimp. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Let's hope the screenwriter goes off the novel and doesn't just skimp from the comic books.”
“When it comes to fan films, one of the places that even the biggest productions skimp is the music.”
“Both the residents and developers agree, the unique blend of businesses means you can splurge or skimp, which is what keeps many coming back.”
“So if you use a 50 but kind of skimp on it, you'll be getting a 15 or a 30.”
“Goolsbee, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said Obama is willing to make difficult choices on spending cuts when he unveils his budget next month but also said it was important not to "skimp" on investments like education.”
“But White House economist Austan Goolsbee said it was important not to "skimp" on important investments like education.”
“I liked the chatter about "Don't Skimp" so much that I thought maybe we should check out what maybe you could "skimp" on.”
“The problem is that they don't invest in research and development, often try to skimp on capital investment, and don't know how to handle such issues as implementing higher environmental standards, Mr. Fr é rot says.”
“The folks at Shelter really gave this promotion some forethought and didn't skimp on the details.”
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