cheap

cheap1 W2S1 [tʃi:p] adj comparative cheaper superlative cheapest
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1¦(low price)¦
2¦(bad quality)¦
3¦(not expensive to use)¦
4¦(not deserving respect)¦
5¦(not generous)¦
6 cheap thrill
7 life is cheap
8 cheap at the price/at any price
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[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: good cheap 'at a good price, cheaply', from cheap 'trade, price' (11-18 centuries), from Old English ceap]
1.) ¦(LOW PRICE)¦
not at all expensive, or lower in price than you expected
≠ ↑expensive
cheap rail fares
the cheapest TV on the market
Property is cheaper in Spain than here.
a cheap shop (=one that sells goods cheaply)
The equipment is relatively cheap and simple to use.
This coat was dirt cheap informal (=very cheap) .
cheap and cheerful
BrE (=simple and not expensive, but of reasonable quality)
a cheap and cheerful Italian restaurant
2.) ¦(BAD QUALITY)¦
low in price and quality
Cheap wine gives me a headache.
cheap jewellery
The furniture looked cheap and nasty .
a cheap imitation of the real thing
3.) ¦(NOT EXPENSIVE TO USE)¦
not costing much to use or to employ
cheap to run/use/maintain etc
Gas appliances are usually cheaper to run than electric ones.
For the employer, a part-time workforce means a cheap labour supply.
4.) ¦(NOT DESERVING RESPECT)¦
showing a lack of honesty, moral principles, or sincere feelings, so that you do not deserve respect
She felt cheap and stupid, like a naughty child caught stealing.
You're lying, aren't you? You're so cheap.
His remark was a cheap shot at short people.
another cheap political stunt
It was nothing but a cheap trick (=unkind trick) .
5.) ¦(NOT GENEROUS)¦
AmE not liking to spend money
British Equivalent: mean
She's too cheap to take a cab.
6.) cheap thrill
excitement that does not take much effort to get
Bella will sleep with anyone for a cheap thrill.
7.) life is cheap
used to say that it is not important if people die
8.) cheap at the price/at any price
BrE cheap at twice the price
so good, useful, or desirable that the cost is not important
>cheaply adv
a cheaply furnished room
They lived as cheaply as possible.
>cheapness n [U]
the relative cheapness of housing
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WORD FOCUS: words meaning cheap
reasonable not too expensive
economical used about cars, systems, or methods that do not cost a lot of money to use
be good value to be well worth the price you pay
be a bargain to be very cheap
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cheap 2
cheap2 adv
at a low price
Air fares to Africa don't come cheap (=are expensive) .
I bought this house because it was going cheap (=selling for a lower price than usual) .
She used to get meat cheap at the butcher's.
They're selling linen off cheap in Lewis's.
cheap 3
cheap3 n
on the cheap
spending less money than is needed to do something properly
A clean environment cannot be had on the cheap.
holidaying on the cheap

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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