skimp

The verb skimp refers to using a limited amount of something. When tomato prices are high, a cost-conscious restaurant might skimp on the amount of chopped tomatoes it puts on salads.

Skimp can also describe getting by spending very little money, like someone who skimps in order to save for the future. You can also skimp on time and effort, like when you skimp on the amount of care you put into your math homework. Skimp is likely a variation of scrimp, which means "to make too small" and comes from the Swedish word skrumpna, meaning "to shrink, shrivel up."

Definitions of skimp
1

v work hastily or carelessly; deal with inadequately and superficially

Synonyms:
scant
Type of:
work
exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity

v supply sparingly and with restricted quantities

Synonyms:
scant, stint
Type of:
furnish, provide, render, supply
give something useful or necessary to

v limit in quality or quantity

Synonyms:
scant
Type of:
restrict
place under restrictions; limit access to

v subsist on a meager allowance

Synonyms:
scrimp, stint
Type of:
save
spend less; buy at a reduced price

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