/tʃip / (say cheep)

1. of a relatively low price; at a bargain.
2. costing little labour or trouble.
3. charging low prices: a very cheap shop.
4. of poor quality: that material is cheap and nasty.
5. obtainable at a low rate of interest: *cheered on by bankers able to offer cheap credit. –advertiser, 1992.
6. of decreased value or purchasing power, as currency depreciated due to inflation.
7. of little account; of small value: *Don't hold yourself cheap. –beverley farmer, 1983.
8. base; mean: *an utterly unsafe and slippery world of cheap deals, ruthless blood-letting, shabby betrayals –david malouf, 1984.
9. Colloquial miserly; stingy; mean.
10. Colloquial (of a woman) promiscuous and unrefined; trashy.
11. at a low price; at small cost.
12. (as) cheap as chips (or dirt), Colloquial extremely cheap.
13. cheap and nasty, low-priced and of very poor quality.
14. cheap at half the price, Colloquial extremely cheap.
15. cheap drunk, Colloquial someone who becomes intoxicated after taking only a little alcoholic liquor.
16. on the cheap, Colloquial at a low price.
{16th century; shortened form of earlier goode chepe good purchase, price, from Middle English chepe, Old English cēap trade, bargaining, purchase}
cheaply, adverb
cheapness, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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