Definition of scrimp in English:


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intransitive verb

[no object]
  • Be thrifty or parsimonious; economize.

    ‘I have scrimped and saved to give you a good education’
    • ‘Maguire, silver-haired but with a youthful face, looks surprisingly well put together for a man who scrimps on his clothing budget.’
    • ‘Gina quits her job and scrimps together enough money to open her own salon.’
    • ‘Can you scrimp and save enough to cover that cost?’
    • ‘I was fortunate; my parents scrimped hard to put me through Catholic high school.’
    economize, skimp, be economical, be more economical, make economies, scrimp and scrape, save
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/skrimp/ /skrɪmp/


Late 17th century (in the sense ‘keep short of food’): from Scots scrimp ‘meager’; perhaps related to shrimp.