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PronunciationEdit

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /skɪmp/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪmp

Etymology 1Edit

Perhaps of North Germanic origin, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *skimpijaną. Cognate with Icelandic skimpa (to scoff at, scorn), German schimpfen (to grumble, scold), Dutch schimpen (to mock, make fun of, scold).

VerbEdit

skimp (third-person singular simple present skimps, present participle skimping, simple past and past participle skimped)

  1. (Scotland, Northern England) To mock, deride, scorn, scold, make fun of.
    I thought Adie was only skimpin' me.
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Etymology 2Edit

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VerbEdit

skimp (third-person singular simple present skimps, present participle skimping, simple past and past participle skimped)

  1. (transitive) To slight; to do carelessly; to scamp.
  2. To make insufficient allowance for; to scant; to scrimp.
  3. (intransitive) To save; to be parsimonious or stingy.
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AdjectiveEdit

skimp (comparative more skimp, superlative most skimp)

  1. (dated, Britain, dialectal or US, colloquial) Scanty.

NounEdit

skimp (plural skimps)

  1. A skimpy or insubstantial thing, especially a piece of clothing.
    • 2007, George Ella Lyon, With a Hammer for my Heart, p. 192:
      I remembered how fierce it hurt and how it blistered. All that pain from just a skimp of flesh.
  2. (in the plural, colloquial) Underwear.
    • 2007, Zoo Today:
      While presenting a rundown of the sexiest soap stars in the world in this week's ZOO, Hollyoaks' Gemma Atkinson very kindly stripped down to her skimps herself.