v. skimped, skimp·ing, skimps
1. To deal with hastily, carelessly, or with poor material: concentrated on reelection, skimping other matters.
2. To provide for or supply inadequately; be stingy with: accused them of skimping defense funding.
To be stingy or very thrifty.
[Obsolete skimp, scanty, perhaps from alteration of SCRIMP.]
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