Probably from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German schrimpen (“to shrivel up, wrinkle”), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *skrimpaną (“to shrink”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- (“to cut off”), related to Old English sċrimman (“to shrink”) and sċrincan (“to shrivel up”). Related to shrink, shrimp.
scrimp (plural scrimps)
- See also Thesaurus:miser
- (transitive) To make too small or short.
- (transitive) To limit or straiten; to put on short allowance.
- (intransitive) To be frugal.