[chee-poh] /ˈtʃi poʊ/
adjective, noun, Slang.
[el chee-poh] /ˌɛl ˈtʃi poʊ/
adjective, noun (pl) cheapos
(informal) very cheap and possibly shoddy
patterned on el Greco, etc.
1967, from cheap (adj.) + -o.
: cheapie ripoffs of The Godfather/ Our Tenth Annual Cheapo Guide
Any cheaply made or cheaply sold item: No ticket in town is a cheapie these days/ retreads, ethnic shoes, and Woolworth cheapos/ Wood made this fairly ordinary cheapie a mere year after Glenn or Glenda ( first form 1898+, second 1950s+)
: Beware of plaid shirts, el cheapo haircuts and candidates who talk r-e-a-l slow
A cheap product; a piece of shoddy merchandise: They bought the El Cheapos and found they didn’t work
[1960s+; probably first applied like El Ropo, to cheap cigars, since many cigars have Spanish names; see el -o, mock-Spanish combining form]
- Cheap out
verb 1. (intransitive, adverb) (US & Canadian, informal) to take the cheapest option; try to do something as cheaply as possible
adjective Inexpensive and inferior: ten million pair of cheapshit jeans without any labels on them (1970s+)
noun 1. a covert, unsportsmanlike, and illegal act of deliberate roughness, especially in football, often calculated to injure an opponent. 2. any mean or unsportsmanlike remark or action, especially one directed at a defenseless or vulnerable person. modifier : some dirtymouth comedian who made cheap-shot race jokes noun phrase (also shot) A malicious insult or […]
- Cheap-shot artist
noun A person who takes cheap shots: Immigrant bashing is a handy charge for cheap-shotters and fear-mongers ( first form 1960s+, second 1970s+)