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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
cheap /tʃip/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -er, -est, adv., n. 
  1. costing very little;
    inexpensive:We sat in the cheap seats at the circus.
  2. [usually;  before a noun] charging low prices: a cheap store.
  3. poorly made;
    shoddy:Those cheap sneakers fell apart after only a few weeks.
  4. costing little work or trouble: Talk is cheap.
  5. mean;
    cruel and deserving contempt: a cheap joke.
  6. [be + ~] of little account or value: Life was cheap in that frontier town.
  7. embarrassed:I felt cheap after I had left her all alone.
  8. stingy;
    miserly:That was cheap of her, not to share any of her candy.
  9. (of money) able to be borrowed at low interest:Money is cheap and that should make housing starts rise.

  1. at a low price or small cost:I got that tape cheap.
  1. Idiomson the cheap, inexpensively;
    economically:He did everything on the cheap.

cheap•ly, adv. 
cheap•ness, n. [uncountable]
    cheap, inexpensive both suggest low cost. cheap now often suggests that the item is poorly made or a showy imitation of something better: a cheap fabric. inexpensive emphasizes a low price (although more expensive than cheap) and suggests that the value is equal to the cost: I didn't pay much for this inexpensive dress. inexpensive is sometimes used to avoid the more insulting cheap.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
cheap  (chēp),USA pronunciation adj.,  -er, -est, adv., n. 
  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;
    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. Idiomscheap at twice the price, 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. on the cheap, [Informal.]inexpensively;
    economically:She enjoys traveling on the cheap.
cheapish, adj. 
cheapish•ly, adv. 
cheaply, adv. 
cheapness, n. 
  • Latin caupō innkeeper, tradesman; see chapman
  • bef. 900; Middle English cheep (short for phrases, as good cheep cheap, literally, good bargain), Old English cēap bargain, market, trade; cognate with German Kauf, Old Norse kaup; all
    • 1, 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Cheap, inexpensive agree in their suggestion of low cost.
      Cheap now usually suggests shoddiness, inferiority, showy imitation, complete unworthiness, and the like:a cheap kind of fur.Inexpensive emphasizes lowness of price (although more expensive than
      cheap) and suggests that the value is fully equal to the cost:an inexpensive dress.It is often used as an evasion for the more specific
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged paltry, low, poor, inferior, base.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged costly, dear, expensive.
    • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged generous, charitable.

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