Cheap Definition

chēp
cheaper, cheapest
adjective
cheaper, cheapest
Low in price or cost; not expensive.
Webster's New World
Charging low prices.
A chain of cheap stores.
Webster's New World
Devalued, as in buying power.
Cheap dollars.
American Heritage
Spending or able to spend little.
A cheaper clientele.
Webster's New World
Worth more than the price.
Webster's New World
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adverb
At a low cost; cheaply.
Webster's New World
Inexpensively.
Got the new car cheap.
American Heritage
noun
A market.
Cheapside.
Webster's New World
A bargain.
Webster's New World

Cheapness; lowness of price; abundance of supply.

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verb

(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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idiom
cheap at twice the price
  • Extremely inexpensive.
American Heritage
on the cheap
  • By inexpensive means; cheaply:

    traveled to Europe on the cheap.

American Heritage
on the cheap
  • at very little cost; cheaply
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Cheap

Adjective

Base Form:
cheap
Comparative:
cheaper
Superlative:
cheapest

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Cheap

Origin of 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

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