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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To deal with hastily, carelessly, or with poor material.
  • intransitive verb To provide for or supply inadequately; be stingy with.
  • intransitive verb To be stingy or very thrifty.
  • adjective Scanty; skimpy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Scant in quantity or extent; scarcely sufficient; meager; spare: as, skimp fare; a skimp outfit.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb Prov. Eng. & Colloq. U.S. To slight; to do carelessly; to scamp.
  • transitive verb Prov. Eng. & Colloq. U. S. To make insufficient allowance for; to scant; to scrimp.
  • intransitive verb Prov. Eng. & Colloq. U.S. To save; to be parsimonious or niggardly.
  • adjective Prov. Eng. & Colloq. U.S. Scanty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To slight; to do carelessly; to scamp.
  • verb To make insufficient allowance for; to scant; to scrimp.
  • verb To save; to be parsimonious or stingy.
  • adjective dated, UK, colloquial Scanty.
  • noun A skimpy or insubstantial thing, especially a piece of clothing.
  • noun in the plural, colloquial Underwear.

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

  • verb work hastily or carelessly; deal with inadequately and superficially
  • verb limit in quality or quantity
  • verb supply sparingly and with restricted quantities
  • verb subsist on a meager allowance

Etymologies

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

[Obsolete skimp, scanty, perhaps from alteration of scrimp.]

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