What does cheap mean?

Definitions for cheap

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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.


  1. cheap

    Cheap refers to something that is low in cost or price, and is often associated with being relatively inferior in terms of quality or value. Nonetheless, it does not necessarily imply poor quality, as it may also indicate a bargain or a good purchase for a relatively low cost.

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.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CHEAP

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cheap is ranked #119508 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cheap surname appeared 145 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Cheap.

    71.7% or 104 total occurrences were White.
    22.7% or 33 total occurrences were Asian.

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. Raphel Jose:

    Companies like to say cheap phones and computers is about digital empowerment and democracy, but we must stop and ask, 'what is the real cost of these cheap devices? Who pays the price?' Cheap is not always good.

  2. Stewart Brand:

    Information Wants To Be Free. Information also wants to be expensive. Information wants to be free because it has become so cheap to distribute, copy, and recombine---too cheap to meter. It wants to be expensive because it can be immeasurably valuable to the recipient. That tension will not go away.

  3. John Frycek:

    There are fine cigars and cheap cigars, but there are no fine cheap cigars -- Winston Churchill

  4. Thomas Paine:

    The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.

  5. Johan Rockstrom:

    This is a great challenge for H&M whose trademark is cheap clothes at good quality ... The fact it's cheap means there's a risk people buy and throw away, or buy too much.

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    an undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting
    • A. fancy
    • B. accident
    • C. assortment
    • D. integrity

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