El-cheapo



[el chee-poh] /ˌɛl ˈtʃi poʊ/

noun
1.
Slang. .
adjective, noun

cheap
Word Origin

patterned on el Greco, etc.

modifier

: Beware of plaid shirts, el cheapo haircuts and candidates who talk r-e-a-l slow

noun phrase

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]

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