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cheap

 (chēp)
adj. cheap·er, cheap·est
1.
a. Relatively low in cost; inexpensive or comparatively inexpensive.
b. Charging low prices: a cheap restaurant.
2.
a. Obtainable at a low rate of interest. Used especially of money.
b. Devalued, as in buying power: cheap dollars.
3. Achieved with little effort: a cheap victory; cheap laughs.
4. Of or considered of small value: in wartime, when life was cheap.
5. Of poor quality; inferior: a cheap toy.
6. Worthy of no respect; vulgar or contemptible: a cheap gangster.
7. Stingy; miserly.
adv. cheaper, cheapest
Inexpensively: got the new car cheap.
Idioms:
cheap at twice the price
Extremely inexpensive.
on the cheap
By inexpensive means; cheaply: traveled to Europe on the cheap.

[From Middle English (god) chep, (good) price, purchase, bargain, from Old English cēap, trade, from Latin caupō, shopkeeper.]

cheap′ly adv.
cheap′ness n.

cheap

(tʃiːp)
adj
1. costing relatively little; inexpensive; good value
2. charging low prices: a cheap hairdresser.
3. of poor quality; shoddy: cheap furniture; cheap and nasty.
4. worth relatively little: promises are cheap.
5. not worthy of respect; vulgar
6. ashamed; embarrassed: to feel cheap.
7. stingy; miserly
8. informal mean; despicable: a cheap liar.
9. cheap as chips See chip11
10. dirt cheap informal extremely inexpensive
n
on the cheap informal Brit at a low cost
adv
at very little cost
[Old English ceap barter, bargain, price, property; related to Old Norse kaup bargain, Old High German kouf trade, Latin caupō innkeeper]
ˈcheapish adj
ˈcheaply adv
ˈcheapness n

cheap

(tʃip)

adj. -er, -est,
adv., n. adj.
1. costing very little; relatively low in price; inexpensive.
2. charging low prices: a cheap store.
3. shoddy or inferior.
4. costing little labor or trouble: Talk is cheap.
5. mean or contemptible: a cheap joke.
6. of little account or value: Life was cheap.
7. embarrassed; sheepish.
8. stingy; miserly.
9. (of money) able to be borrowed at low interest.
10. of decreased value or purchasing power.
adv.
11. at a low price or small cost.
n.
12. on the cheap, inexpensively; economically.
Idiom.
[before 900; Middle English chep (short for phrases, as god chep(e) inexpensive), Old English cēap bargain, < Latin caupō innkeeper, tradesman; compare chapman]
cheap′ly, adv.
cheap′ness, n.
syn: cheap, inexpensive agree in their suggestion of low cost. cheap now often suggests shoddiness, inferiority, showy imitation, unworthiness, and the like: a cheap fabric. inexpensive emphasizes lowness of price (although more expensive than cheap) and suggests that the value is fully equal to the cost: an inexpensive dress. It is often used as an evasion for the more pejorative cheap.

cheap

cheaply
1. 'cheap' as an adjective

Cheap goods or services cost less than other goods or services of the same type.

...cheap red wine.
...cheap plastic buckets.
A solid fuel cooker is cheap to run.
2. 'cheap' as an adverb

In conversation, cheap can also be an adverb, but only with verbs which refer to the buying, selling, or hiring of things.

I thought you got it very cheap.
You can hire boots pretty cheap.
3. 'cheaply'

With other verbs, the adverb you use is cheaply.

You can play golf comparatively cheaply.
In fact you can travel just as cheaply by British Airways.
4. 'low'

You do not say that things such as wages, costs, or payments are 'cheap'. You say that they are low.

If your family has a low income, you can apply for a student grant.
...tasty meals at a fairly low cost.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.cheap - relatively low in price or charging low prices; "it would have been cheap at twice the price"; "inexpensive family restaurants"
expensive - high in price or charging high prices; "expensive clothes"; "an expensive shop"
2.cheap - tastelessly showycheap - tastelessly showy; "a flash car"; "a flashy ring"; "garish colors"; "a gaudy costume"; "loud sport shirts"; "a meretricious yet stylish book"; "tawdry ornaments"
tasteless - lacking aesthetic or social taste
3.cheap - of very poor quality; flimsy
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
inferior - of low or inferior quality
4.cheap - embarrassingly stingy
stingy, ungenerous - unwilling to spend; "she practices economy without being stingy"; "an ungenerous response to the appeal for funds"

cheap

adjective
1. inexpensive, sale, economy, reduced, keen, reasonable, bargain, low-priced, low-cost, cut-price, economical, cheapo (informal) Smoke detectors are cheap and easy to put up. People want good service at a cheap price.
inexpensive dear, expensive, steep, costly, pricey (informal)
2. inferior, poor, worthless, second-rate, shoddy, tawdry, tatty, trashy, substandard, low-rent (informal, chiefly U.S.), two-bit (U.S. & Canad. slang), crappy (slang), two a penny, rubbishy, dime-a-dozen (informal), piss-poor (slang), tinhorn (U.S. slang) Don't resort to cheap copies; save up for the real thing.
inferior good, valuable, decent, superior, elegant, admirable, high-class, tasteful
3. (Informal) despicable, mean, low, base, vulgar, sordid, contemptible, scurvy, scungy (Austral. & N.Z.) That was a cheap trick to play on anyone.
despicable good, decent, generous, charitable, admirable, honourable

cheap

adjective
1. Low in price:
2. Of decidedly inferior quality:
Informal: cheesy.
Slang: crummy, schlocky.
Translations
رخيصرَخيصرَخِيصرديء النوع، رَديء النَّوْع، رَخيص
levnýbídnýlaciný
billigsimpeltarvelig
malmultekosta
ارزان
halpahuonokehno
jeftinnekvalitetan
értéktelenolcsó
lélegur, ódÿr, fyrirlitleguródÿr
安い安価激安あんかげきやす
pigiaipigumaspigusprastaiprastas
lētsseklszemas kvalitātes
poceniskopcenen
jeftinnekvalitetanјефтиннеквалитетан
billig
อย่างถูก
rẻ

cheap

[tʃiːp]
A. ADJ (cheaper (compar) (cheapest (superl)))
1. (= inexpensive) [goods, labour, shop, ticket] → barato; [imports] → a bajo precio; [loan, credit] → a bajo interés
it's ten pence cheaperes diez peniques más barato
it's cheaper to buy than to rentsale más económico or barato comprar que alquilar
gas cookers are cheaper to runlas cocinas de gas salen or resultan más económicas
these cars are very cheap to producela fabricación de estos coches sale muy barata
cheap labourmano f de obra barata
cheap moneydinero m barato
dresses at ridiculously cheap pricesvestidos a unos precios regalados
it's cheap at the priceestá bien de precio, es barato para lo que es
that's cheap at half the price!¡es más que regalado!
cheap ratetarifa f reducida
cheap and cheerfulbueno, bonito y barato
see also dirt-cheap
2. (= poor-quality) [product] → barato, corriente
beware of cheap imitations!¡esté al tanto de imitaciones baratas!
cheap and nastyordinario, chabacano
3. (= vulgar, mean) [joke] → ordinario, chabacano; [behaviour, tactics] → rastrero; [remark, question] → de mal gusto; [opportunism, sensationalism] → barato; [promises] → fácil
a cheap laughla risa fácil
cheap thrillsplaceres mpl baratos
a cheap trickuna mala pasada
4. (= not deserving respect) → bajo, indigno
to feel cheapsentirse humillado
they hold life cheap thereallí la vida no vale nada
to look cheapparecer ordinario, tener un aspecto ordinario
to make o.s. cheaprebajarse, humillarse
B. ADV [buy, sell] → barato
it's going cheapse vende barato
quality doesn't come cheapla calidad hay que pagarla
C. N on the cheap [decorate, travel] → en plan barato
to do sth on the cheaphacer algo en plan barato
to buy or get sth on the cheapcomprar algo por poco dinero or a bajo precio
D. CPD cheap shot Ngolpe m bajo

cheap

[ˈtʃiːp]
adj
(= inexpensive) → bon marché inv, pas cher(chère)
a cheap T-shirt → un T-shirt bon marché, un T-shirt pas cher
to be cheap → être bon marché
to be cheap to run (= car, appliance) → être économique
life is cheap → la vie a peu de valeur
cheaper → moins cher(chère)
significantly cheaper → nettement moins cher(chère)
(= reduced) [ticket] → à prix réduit; [fare, rate] → réduit(e)
(= poor quality) → de qualité médiocre
[joke] → facile; [remark, point] → facile
advà bon marché, pour pas cher
to buy sth cheap → acheter qch pour pas cher
to sell sth cheap → vendre qch pour pas cher
n
to do sth on the cheap (pejorative)faire qch au rabais

cheap

adj (+er)
also adv (= inexpensive)billig; I got it cheapich habe es billig gekriegt; it’s going cheapes ist billig zu haben; it doesn’t come cheapes ist nicht billig; cheap and cheerfulpreiswert; it’s cheap at the pricees ist spottbillig; to hold something cheapetw gering achten; human life is cheapein Menschenleben ist nicht viel wert
(= poor quality)billig, minderwertig; everything they sell is cheap and nastysie verkaufen nur Ramsch
(fig: = mean, shallow, sexually cheap) joke, flattery, thrill, girlbillig; person, behaviour, appearanceordinär; to feel cheapsich (dat)schäbig vorkommen; how can you be so cheap!wie kannst du nur so gemein sein!; to make oneself cheapsich entwürdigen; (by loose living) → sich wegwerfen
n on the cheapauf die billige Tour (inf); to buy something on the cheap (inf)etw für einen Pappenstiel (inf)or einen Apfel und ein Ei (inf)kaufen; to make something on the cheap (inf)etw ganz billig produzieren

cheap

[tʃiːp]
1. adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl))) (low cost, goods) → a buon mercato, a basso or buon prezzo, economico/a; (reduced, ticket) → a prezzo ridotto; (fare) → ridotto/a; (poor quality) → scadente, di cattiva qualità; (vulgar, mean, joke, behaviour, trick) → volgare, grossolano/a, dozzinale
it was cheap at the price → sono stati soldi ben spesi
this stuff is cheap and nasty → questa roba è veramente scadente
cheaper → meno caro/a, più economico/a
cheap money (Fin) → denaro a basso tasso di interesse
to feel cheap (about) → provare vergogna or vergognarsi (di or per)
2. adva buon prezzo or mercato
3. n on the cheap (fam) → a risparmio

cheap

(tʃiːp) adjective
1. low in price. Eggs are cheap just now.
2. of poor quality; vulgar; contemptible. cheap jewellery; a cheap trick.
ˈcheaply adverb
ˈcheapness noun

cheap

رَخِيص levný billig billig φτηνός barato halpa bon marché jeftin conveniente 安い goedkoop billig tani barato дешевый billig อย่างถูก ucuz rẻ 便宜的

cheap

a. barato-a.
References in classic literature ?
As she spoke, Amy showed the handsome flask which replaced the cheap one, and looked so earnest and humble in her little effort to forget herself that Meg hugged her on the spot, and Jo pronounced her `a trump', while Beth ran to the window, and picked her finest rose to ornament the stately bottle.
The poor little houses lighted by kerosene lamps, the smoke from the chimneys mounting straight up into the clear air, the grunting of pigs, the women clad in cheap calico dresses and washing dishes in the kitchens, the footsteps of men coming out of the houses and going off to the stores and saloons of Main Street, the dogs barking and the children crying--all of these things made him seem, as he lurked in the darkness, oddly detached and apart from all life.
They went together, picking their way across muddy streets and sidewalks encumbered with the cheap display of small tradesmen.
As for his dress, it was of the simplest kind; a summer sack of cheap and ordinary material, thin checkered pantaloons, and a straw hat, by no means of the finest braid.
As the light looked so dim, and the place, for the time, looked quiet enough, and the dilapidated little wooden house itself looked as if it might have been carted here from the ruins of some burnt district, and as the swinging sign had a poverty-stricken sort of creak to it, I thought that here was the very spot for cheap lodgings, and the best of pea coffee.
To this Teta Elzbieta hastened to respond that nothing could be too cheap to suit them just then; for they were quite terrified over the sums they had had to expend.
He fetched me a good sum, too, for I bought him cheap of a man that was 'bliged to sell out; so I realized six hundred on him.
At most, they give up only a cheap vote, and a feeble countenance and Godspeed, to the right, as it goes by them.
Nowadays almost all man's improvements, so called, as the building of houses and the cutting down of the forest and of all large trees, simply deform the landscape, and make it more and more tame and cheap.
I had brought from home a box containing a thousand very cheap cigars.
The crowd washed back sudden, and then broke all apart, and went tearing off every which way, and Buck Harkness he heeled it after them, looking tolerable cheap.
We had some sharp words, and I felt pretty cheap, to come banging into a grave old person like that, with a million strangers looking on and smiling to themselves.