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skimp ‎(third-person singular simple present skimps, present participle skimping, simple past and past participle skimped)

  1. To slight; to do carelessly; to scamp.
  2. To make insufficient allowance for; to scant; to scrimp.
  3. To save; to be parsimonious or stingy.


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skimp ‎(comparative more skimp, superlative most skimp)

  1. (dated, Britain, dialect or US, colloquial) Scanty.


skimp ‎(plural skimps)

  1. A skimpy or insubstantial thing, especially a piece of clothing.
    • 2007, George Ella Lyon, With a Hammer for my Heart, p. 192:
      I remembered how fierce it hurt and how it blistered. All that pain from just a skimp of flesh.
  2. (in the plural, colloquial) Underwear.
    • 2007, Zoo Today:
      While presenting a rundown of the sexiest soap stars in the world in this week's ZOO, Hollyoaks' Gemma Atkinson very kindly stripped down to her skimps herself.