(comparative cheaper, superlative cheapest)
- Low and/or reduced in price.
- Of poor quality.
- Of little worth.
- (slang, of an action or tactic in a game of skill) underhand; dubious.
- (derogatory) Frugal; stingy.
- Insurance is expensive, but don't be so cheap that you risk losing your home because of a fire.
(third-person singular simple present cheaps, present participle cheaping, simple past and past participle cheaped)
- (intransitive, obsolete) To trade; traffic; bargain; chaffer; ask the price of goods; cheapen goods.
- (obsolete) To bargain for; chaffer for; ask the price of; offer a price for; cheapen.
- (obsolete) To buy; purchase.
- (obsolete) To sell.
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”).