Definition of el cheapo in English:

el cheapo

adjective

informal
  • Inexpensive and typically of inferior quality.

    ‘I have some old el cheapo speakers’

nounel cheapos

informal
  • Something that is inexpensive and typically of inferior quality.

    ‘he bought one of the el cheapos so he could practise’

Origin

Early 20th century pseudo-Spanish, from Spanish el ‘the’ + cheap + -o.