Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms.


intr.v. scrimped, scrimp·ing, scrimps
To be very frugal and sparing. scrimped and saved for college tuition.

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

scrimp′er n.
scrimp′y adj.


(ˈskrɪm pi)

adj. scrimp•i•er, scrimp•i•est.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.scrimpy - deficient in amount or quality or extentscrimpy - deficient in amount or quality or extent; "meager resources"; "meager fare"
scarce - deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand; "fresh vegetables were scarce during the drought"
minimal, minimum - the least possible; "needed to enforce minimal standards"; "her grades were minimal"; "minimum wage"; "a minimal charge for the service"
insufficient, deficient - of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement; "insufficient funds"


[ˈskrɪmpɪ] ADJ [person] → tacaño; [supply etc] → escaso
References in periodicals archive ?
In spite of its svelte outline, the ZenBook S13 UX392 is never scrimpy when it comes to processing power and storage capacity.
From the high clerestory brightened by the brilliance of the large stained glass windows to the white Italian marble that surrounded the baptistery, nothing scrimpy could be seen.
Based on the results, apple growers' technical knowledge was quite scrimpy in the view of pests' management and biological control.