Definition of scrimp verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

scrimp

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//skrɪmp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//skrɪmp//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scrimp
BrE BrE//skrɪmp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//skrɪmp//
 
he / she / it scrimps
BrE BrE//skrɪmps//
 
; NAmE NAmE//skrɪmps//
 
past simple scrimped
BrE BrE//skrɪmpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//skrɪmpt//
 
past participle scrimped
BrE BrE//skrɪmpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//skrɪmpt//
 
-ing form scrimping
BrE BrE//ˈskrɪmpɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskrɪmpɪŋ//
 
 
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to spend very little money on the things that you need to live, especially so that you can save it to spend on something else They scrimped and saved to give the children a good education. Word Origin mid 18th cent. (in the sense ‘keep short of food’): from Scots scrimp ‘meagre’; perhaps related to shrimp.
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