cheap: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (chēp), [key]
— adj., adv., n. -er, -est,
  1. costing very little; relatively low in price; inexpensive: a cheap dress.
  2. costing little labor or trouble: Words are cheap.
  3. charging low prices: a very cheap store.
  4. of little account; of small value; mean; shoddy: cheap conduct; cheap workmanship.
  5. embarrassed; sheepish: He felt cheap about his mistake.
  6. obtainable at a low rate of interest: when money is cheap.
  7. of decreased value or purchasing power, as currency depreciated due to inflation.
  8. stingy; miserly: He's too cheap to buy his own brother a cup of coffee.
  9. exceedingly inexpensive: I found this old chair for eight dollars—it would be cheap at twice the price.
  1. at a low price; at small cost: He is willing to sell cheap.
  1. inexpensively; economically: She enjoys traveling on the cheap.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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