Definition of


  1. (adj, all) relatively low in price or charging low prices
    inexpensive family restaurants
  2. (adj, all) embarrassingly stingy
  3. (adj, all) of very poor quality; flimsy
  4. (adj, all) tastelessly showy
    a flashy ring
    garish colors
    a gaudy costume
    loud sport shirts
    a meretricious yet stylish book
    tawdry ornaments

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Antonyms of Cheap


Alternate forms of Cheap

Derivations: cheapness

Origin of the word Cheap

  1. O.E. ceap (n.) "a purchase," from ceapian (v.) "trade," probably early Gmc. borrowing from L. caupo (gen. cauponis) "petty tradesman, huckster." Adj. sense of "that may be bought at small cost" first attested 1509, from god chep "favorable bargain," translation of Fr. a bon marche, a sense represented in O.E. by undeor. Sense of … more

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