scrimp

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v scrimp subsist on a meager allowance "scratch and scrimp"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Scrimp A pinching miser; a niggard.
    • a Scrimp Short; scanty; curtailed.
    • v. t Scrimp To make too small or short; to limit or straiten; to put on short allowance; to scant; to contract; to shorten; as, to scrimp the pattern of a coat.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • scrimp To pinch or scant; limit closely; be sparing in the food, clothes, money, etc., of; deal sparingly with; straiten.
    • scrimp To be sparing in; narrow, straiten, stint, or contract, especially through a niggard or sparing use or allowance of something; make too small, short, or scanty; limit: as, to scrimp a coat, or the cloth for making it.
    • scrimp To be parsimonious or miserly: as, to save and scrimp.
    • scrimp Scanty; narrow; deficient; contracted.
    • n scrimp A niggard; a pinching miser.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Scrimp skrimp to make too small or short: to limit or shorten: to straiten
    • adj Scrimp short, scanty
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Quotations

  • John Boyle O'Reilly
    John Boyle O'Reilly
    “The organized charity, scrimped and iced, in the name of a cautious, statistical Christ.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Dan. skrumpe, G. schrumpfen, D. krimpen,. Cf. Shrimp Shrink

Usage

In literature:

He felt that he had earned a good one, and did not intend to scrimp himself.
"Flint" by Maud Wilder Goodwin
What's the use o' goin' to the expense of two houses when one'll do, an' when we're both raither scrimp o' the ready?
"The Lighthouse" by R.M. Ballantyne
Beat well and don't scrimp the butter.
"My Pet Recipes, Tried and True" by Various
When a man is losing his wages and his family is scrimping he ought not to be facing a thirty-dollar-a-week hospital charge.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
Miss Scrimp, the matron, was a heavy sleeper.
"Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies" by Alice B. Emerson
Why then thus scrimp and scant the reverence due unto her?
"Clare Avery" by Emily Sarah Holt
The name is from scrimp, referring to economy in weaving.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
There is no use worrying and scrimping and going without everything for the sake of the others.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
We are all willing to lessen expenses at home, but we are not to scrimp and pinch ourselves all to pieces.
"Six Girls" by Fannie Belle Irving
A word used in the north; as, a scrimp wind, a very light breeze.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
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In poetry:

'A ticket for the lottery
I've purchased every week,' said she
'For years a score
Though desperately poor am I,
Oh how I've scrimped and scraped to buy
One chance more.
"Lottery Ticket" by Robert W Service

In news:

Mako Boats' Pro Skiff Series, which include 16- and 17-foot models, doesn't scrimp on the fishing features.
Don't scrimp when you pick a Web host -- unless you like greeting customers with "Site not found.".
As Crisis Drags On, Families Scrimp.
Europeans Scrimp on Gifts as Economy Clouds Holiday.
Rich spend, others scrimp , retail reports show.
States scrimp on Civil War events.
MMM > News > As patients scrimp , BMS ads offer to pay Orencia co-pays.
Don't scrimp on juvenile justice.
It was scrimp and save back then.
This Subnotebook Doesn't Scrimp On Computer Comforts.
A model for scrimping - in Europe.
Economic Crisis Leaves Hard-Hit Spaniards Scrimping on Funerals.
Trim your party budget for food, but don't scrimp on invitations.
A heartwarming story of a boy who scrimped and saved to buy Legos has gone viral just in time for Christmas.
When it comes to investing in lighting and support gear, it usually doesn't pay to scrimp.
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