verb (used without object)
to be sparing or frugal; economize (often followed by on):
They scrimped and saved for everything they have. He spends most of his money on clothes, and scrimps on food.
verb (used with object)
to be sparing or restrictive of or in; limit severely:
to scrimp food.
to keep on short allowance; provide sparingly for:
to scrimp their elderly parents.
when intr, sometimes foll by on. to be very economical or sparing in the use (of) (esp in the phrase scrimp and save)
(transitive) to treat meanly: he is scrimping his children
(transitive) to cut too small
a less common word for scant
- Scrimp and save
Economize severely, spend as little as possible, as in For years we had to scrimp and save, but now we can enjoy life more. [ Mid-1800s ]
adjective, scrimpier, scrimpiest. 1. scanty; meager; barely adequate. 2. tending to scrimp; frugal; parsimonious.
[skrim-shan-der] /ˈskrɪmˌʃæn dər/ noun 1. a person who makes scrimshaw objects.
verb (used without object), British Slang. 1. to avoid one’s obligations or share of work; shirk. verb 1. (intransitive) (Brit, military, slang) to shirk work