What does cheap mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cheap, inexpensiveadjective

    relatively low in price or charging low prices

    "it would have been cheap at twice the price"; "inexpensive family restaurants"

  2. brassy, cheap, flash, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, loud, meretricious, tacky, tatty, tawdry, trashyadjective

    tastelessly showy

    "a flash car"; "a flashy ring"; "garish colors"; "a gaudy costume"; "loud sport shirts"; "a meretricious yet stylish book"; "tawdry ornaments"

  3. bum, cheap, cheesy, chintzy, crummy, punk, sleazy, tinnyadjective

    of very poor quality; flimsy

  4. cheap, chinchy, chintzyadjective

    embarrassingly stingy


  1. cheapnoun

    Trade; traffic; chaffer; chaffering.

  2. cheapnoun

    A market; marketplace.

  3. cheapnoun


  4. cheapnoun

    A low price; a bargain.

    a good cheap

  5. cheapnoun

    Cheapness; lowness of price; abundance of supply.

  6. cheapverb

    To trade; traffic; bargain; chaffer; ask the price of goods; cheapen goods.

  7. cheapverb

    To bargain for; chaffer for; ask the price of; offer a price for; cheapen.

  8. cheapverb

    To buy; purchase.

  9. cheapverb

    To sell.

  10. cheapadjective

    Low and/or reduced in price.

  11. cheapadjective

    Of poor quality.

  12. cheapadjective

    Of little worth.

  13. cheapadjective

    underhand; dubious.

  14. cheapadjective

    frugal; stingy

    Insurance is expensive, but don't be so cheap that you risk losing your home because of a fire.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CHIP, Cheap, Chipping

    in the names of places, imply a market; from the Sax. cyppan ceapan , to buy. Edmund Gibson Cam.

  2. CHEAPadjective

    Etymology: ceapan, Sax. koopen, Dutch, to buy.

    Where there are a great many sellers to a few buyers, there the thing to be sold will be cheap. On the other side, raise up a great many buyers for a few sellers, and the same thing will immediately turn dear. John Locke.

    The goodness, that is cheap in beauty, makes
    Beauty brief in goodness. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

    Had I so lavish of my presence been
    So common hackney’d in the eyes of men,
    So stale and cheap to vulgar company. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    He that is too much in any thing, so that he giveth another occasion of society, maketh himself cheap. Francis Bacon.

    May your sick fame still languish till it die,
    And you grow cheap in every subject’s eye. Dryden.

    The usual titles of distinction, which belong to us, are turned into terms of derision and reproach, and every way is taken by profane men, towards rendering us cheap and contemptible. Francis Atterbury.

  3. Cheapnoun

    Market; purchase; bargain; as good cheap; [ a bon marche, Fr.]

    Etymology: cheping is an old word for market; whence Eastcheap, Cheapside.

    The same wine that comes out of Candia, which we pay so dear for now a days, in that good world was very good cheap. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    It is many a man’s case to tire himself out with hunting after that abroad, which he carries about him all the while, and may have it better cheap at home. Roger L'Estrange.

    Some few insulting cowards, who love to vapour good cheap, may trample on those who give least resistance. Decay of Piety.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cheapnoun

    a bargain; a purchase; cheapness

  2. Cheapnoun

    having a low price in market; of small cost or price, as compared with the usual price or the real value

  3. Cheapnoun

    of comparatively small value; common; mean

  4. Cheapadverb


  5. Cheapverb

    to buy; to bargain

  6. Etymology: [AS. cep bargain, sale, price; akin to D. koop purchase, G. kauf, Icel. kaup bargain. Cf. Cheapen, Chapman, Chaffer, Cope, v. i.]


  1. Cheap

    Cheap is the debut album from Seasick Steve. It consists of songs by him and his Swedish/Norwegian band The Level Devils, and also two stories from his life as a hobo. The Level Devils consisted at this time of Kai Christoffersen playing the drums and Jo Husmo bass. Dan Magnusson subsequently took over drumming duties.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cheap

    chēp, adj. low in price: of a place where prices are low, as 'a cheap market:' of a low price in relation to the value: easily obtained: of small value, or reckoned at such.—v.t. Cheap′en, to ask the price of a thing: to make cheap, to lower the price of: to lower the reputation of: to beat down the price of.—n. Cheap′ener.—adv. Cheap′ly.—n. Cheap′ness.—Cheap Jack, or John, a travelling hawker who pretends to give great bargains; Cheap labour, labour paid at a poor rate; Cheap trip, an excursion by rail or steamer at a reduced fare; Cheap-tripper, one who goes on such a trip.—Dirt cheap, ridiculously cheap.—On the cheap, cheap or cheaply.—To be cheap of anything (Scot.), to get off with less than one deserved or expected, as of punishment. [Orig. good cheap, i.e. a good bargain; A.S. ceap, price, a bargain; A.S. céapian, Ice. kaupa, Ger. kaufen, to buy; Scot. coup—all borrowed from L. caupo, a huckster.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cheap' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2937

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cheap' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1214

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cheap' in Adjectives Frequency: #183

Anagrams for cheap »

  1. chape

  2. peach

  3. Peach

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cheap in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cheap in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of cheap in a Sentence

  1. Wayne LaPierre:

    Make no mistake: with an opportunity for the president to score political points and claim a cheap victory, this executive action is a bright red line that law-abiding gun owners should cross at their own peril, let me be clear: the NRA will fight this illegal overreach more aggressively than we have ever challenged anything.

  2. Pavel Molchanov:

    It was expensive. Nothing Warren Buffett does come cheap. Wall Street analysts've known that for a long time.

  3. Anne Chapas:

    We…have a more mobile society – cheap flight to islands…more outdoor and leisure activities.

  4. Jason Arnold:

    You would load up a Humvee and help toss garbage out, every time we went out, they would just hand out those cheap, paper filter masks. We knew it was bad, but if you’re given an order, you do it.

  5. Charles Jacobs:

    Europe is looking cheap, especially with the dollar being so strong, most sectors are open for business. It's almost a question of where is there not going to be M&A.

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