Cheap meaning

chēp
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.

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Worthy of no respect; vulgar or contemptible.

A cheap gangster.

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At a low cost; cheaply.
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Low in price or cost; not expensive.
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Charging low prices.

A chain of cheap stores.

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Inexpensively.

Got the new car cheap.

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Of poor quality; inferior.

A cheap toy.

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Stingy; miserly.
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Costing little labor or trouble; easily gotten.

A cheap victory.

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Of little value or poor quality; virtually worthless.
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(informal) Stingy; niggardly.
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(obs.) A bargain.
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A low price; a bargain.
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Cheapness; lowness of price; abundance of supply.
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Low and/or reduced in price.
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(derogatory) Frugal; stingy.

Insurance is expensive, but don't be so cheap that you risk losing your home because of a fire.

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Achieved with little effort.

A cheap victory; cheap laughs.

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Of or considered of small value.

In wartime, when life was cheap.

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(econ.) Lowered in exchange value or buying power; also, available at low interest rates.
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Cheaply.

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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.

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Spending or able to spend little.

A cheaper clientele.

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Worth more than the price.
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Deserving of scorn; contemptible.

Made cheap by their own behavior.

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A market.

Cheapside.

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(slang, of an action or tactic in a game of skill) Underhand; dubious.
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(intransitive, obsolete) To trade; traffic; bargain; chaffer; ask the price of goods; cheapen goods.
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(obsolete) To bargain for; chaffer for; ask the price of; offer a price for; cheapen.
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(obsolete) To buy; purchase.
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(obsolete) To sell.
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cheap at twice the price
  • Extremely inexpensive.
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on the cheap
  • By inexpensive means; cheaply:
    Traveled to Europe on the cheap.
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on the cheap
  • at very little cost; cheaply
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

cheap at twice the price

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”).

    From Wiktionary