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From cheap +‎ -ness.



cheapness (usually uncountable, plural cheapnesses)

  1. (of a person) The state or character trait of being cheap (stingy).
    His cheapness was legendary; he refused to use candles or lamps, not to reduce the risk of fire but rather to save a penny.
    Synonyms: frugality, meanness, miserliness, niggardliness, parsimony, stinginess, thriftiness, tightness
    • 1800, Edmond Malone, The Critical and Miscellaneous Prose Works of John Dryden:
      Her mother, in 1684, retiring with'her daughter, for cheapness, to some place in Surrey, (she does not tell us where,) became acquainted with Dr. Glisson []
    • 1910, Saki [pseudonym; Hector Hugh Munro], “The Strategist”, in Reginald in Russia and Other Sketches, London: Methuen & Co. [], →OCLC, page 85:
      Mrs. Jallatt didn't study cheapness, but somehow she generally attained it.
    • 2004, James Keith Elliott, The Collected Biblical Writings of T.C. Skeat:
      He was also interested in the cost of book production, as can be seen in his article on the cheapness of papyrus as a writing material.
  2. (of a product) The state or characteristic of being cheap (whether inexpensive, poorly made, or both).
    • 2023 July 26, Pip Dunn, “Merseyrail '777s' are OK for passengers”, in RAIL, number 988, page 60:
      It seems to me that whoever at the Department of Transport or the train operating companies, or both, is specifying the standard of seats these days has taken leave of their senses and opted for cheapness over comfort.
    1. Synonym of shoddiness; chintziness.
      The cheapness of the manufacturing is insulting. [the product is poorly made]
    2. Synonym of affordability.
      The cheapness of the offerings is amazing. [the prices are surprisingly good]