- The definition of cheap is costing very little, of little value or someone who is unwilling to spend money.
- An example of cheap is a car being sold for under $1,000.
- An example of cheap is a garment made of trashy fabric.
- An example of cheap is a person who has money, but will not spend it on anything.
- Cheap means at a low cost.
An example of cheap is a store owner who is willing to sell items for a small amount of money.
- low in price or cost; not expensive
- charging low prices: a chain of cheap stores
- spending or able to spend little: a cheaper clientele
- worth more than the price
- costing little labor or trouble; easily gotten: a cheap victory
- of little value or poor quality; virtually worthless
- deserving of scorn; contemptible: made cheap by their own behavior
- Informal stingy; niggardly
- Econ. lowered in exchange value or buying power; also, available at low interest rates: said of money
Origin of cheapfrom good cheap, favorable bargain from Middle English god chep (used as translated, translation of Old French à bon marché) from Old English ceap, a purchase, bargain, akin to German kaufen, to buy; ultimately from Classical Latin caupo, petty tradesman
- a market: now only in place names: Cheapside
- Obs. a bargain
Origin of cheapOE ceap, market; akin to Dan kjob (ON kaup) as in Kjöbnhavn (Copenhagen)
on the cheap
- a. Relatively low in cost; inexpensive or comparatively inexpensive.b. Charging low prices: a cheap restaurant.
- a. Obtainable at a low rate of interest. Used especially of money.b. Devalued, as in buying power: cheap dollars.
- Achieved with little effort: a cheap victory; cheap laughs.
- Of or considered of small value: in wartime, when life was cheap.
- Of poor quality; inferior: a cheap toy.
- Worthy of no respect; vulgar or contemptible: a cheap gangster.
- Stingy; miserly.
Origin of cheapFrom Middle English (god) chep (good) price, purchase, bargain from Old English cēap trade from Latin caupō shopkeeper
(comparative cheaper, superlative cheapest)
(third-person singular simple present cheaps, present participle cheaping, simple past and past participle cheaped)
Use of cheap as a verb has been surpassed by cheapen.
(comparative more cheap, superlative most cheap)
From Middle English cheep, chepe / chepen, chep, cheap / cheapien, chapien, from Old English cēap (“cattle, purchase, sale, traffic, business, bargain, gain, payment, value, price, goods, possessions, property, market, saleable commodities, trade”), ċēapian (“to bargain, chaffer, trade, to contract for the purchase or sale of, buy, bribe, endeavor to bribe”), from Proto-Germanic *kaupaz, *kaupô (“inn-keeper, merchant”), Proto-Germanic *kaupōną, *kaupijaną (“to buy, purchase”), from Latin caupo (“tradesman, innkeeper, huckster”), cauponari (“to traffic, trade”), caupo (“tradesman, inn-keeper”), from Proto-Indo-European *kaup-, *ḱaup-, *kwap-, *ḱwap- (“merchant”), related to Ancient Greek κάπηλος (kápēlos, “huckster”). Cognate with Scots chepe (“to sell”), chape (“sale price”), North Frisian keap (“purchase”), West Frisian keap (“purchase, buy, acquisition”), Dutch koop (“buy, purchase, deal”), kopen (“to buy, purchase, shop”), Low German kopen (“to buy”), German Kauf (“trade, traffic, bargain, purchase, buy”), kaufen (“to buy”), Swedish köp (“bargain, purchase”), köpa (“to buy, purchase”), Icelandic kaup (“purchase, bargain”), kaupa (“to purchase”), Finnish kauppa (“shop”).