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

  • transitive v. To deal with hastily, carelessly, or with poor material: concentrated on reelection, skimping other matters.
  • transitive v. To provide for or supply inadequately; be stingy with: accused them of skimping defense funding.
  • intransitive v. To be stingy or very thrifty.
  • adj. Scanty; skimpy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To slight; to do carelessly; to scamp.
  • v. To make insufficient allowance for; to scant; to scrimp.
  • v. To save; to be parsimonious or stingy.
  • adj. Scanty.
  • n. A skimpy or insubstantial thing, especially a piece of clothing.
  • n. Underwear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To slight; to do carelessly; to scamp.
  • transitive v. To make insufficient allowance for; to scant; to scrimp.
  • intransitive v. To save; to be parsimonious or niggardly.
  • adj. Scanty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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

Etymologies

Obsolete skimp, scanty, perhaps from alteration of scrimp.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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