An example of cheap is a store owner who is willing to sell items for a small amount of money.
A cheap gangster.
A chain of cheap stores.
Got the new car cheap.
A cheap toy.
A cheap victory.
A cheap victory; cheap laughs.
In wartime, when life was cheap.
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.
A cheaper clientele.
Made cheap by their own behavior.
- Extremely inexpensive.
- By inexpensive means; cheaply:Traveled to Europe on the cheap.
- at very little cost; cheaply
Origin of cheap
- From Middle English (god) chep (good) price, purchase, bargain from Old English cēap trade from Latin caupō shopkeeper
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).