cheap Definition

  • 1low in price; costing little money
  • 2of little worth because achieved in a discreditable way requiring little effort

Using cheap: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "cheap" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I bought this shirt because it was cheap.

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    The hotel was cheap, but the service was terrible.

  • Example

    He has a cheap car that always breaks down.

  • Example

    She got a cheap thrill from stealing the candy.

cheap Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for cheap

Phrases with cheap

  • an unfair or unsporting remark or action intended to harm someone


    His comment about her weight was a cheap shot.

  • inexpensive and enjoyable despite being basic or unsophisticated


    We had a cheap and cheerful meal at the local diner.

  • extremely inexpensive


    I found this dress for dirt cheap at the thrift store.

Origins of cheap

from Old English 'ceap', meaning 'bargain or sale'


Summary: cheap in Brief

The term 'cheap' [tʃiːp] refers to something that costs little money or is of little worth due to being achieved in a discreditable way. It can describe anything from a low-cost shirt to a bargain hotel, as in 'I bought this shirt because it was cheap.' 'Cheap' also extends into phrases like 'cheap shot,' denoting an unfair or unsporting remark, and 'dirt cheap,' meaning extremely inexpensive.

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