Meaning of CHEAP in English

I. ˈchēp noun

Etymology: Middle English chep, from Old English cēap trade; akin to Old High German kouf trade; both ultimately from Latin caupo tradesman

Date: before 12th century

obsolete : bargain

- on the cheap

II. adjective

Date: 1509


a. : purchasable below the going price or the real value

b. : charging or obtainable at a low price

a good cheap hotel

cheap tickets

c. : depreciated in value (as by currency inflation)

cheap dollars

2. : gained or done with little effort

a cheap victory

talk is cheap


a. : of inferior quality or worth : tawdry , sleazy

cheap workmanship

b. : contemptible because of lack of any fine, lofty, or redeeming qualities

feeling cheap

c. : stingy

my cheap uncle

4. of money : obtainable at a low rate of interest

• cheap adverb

• cheap·ish ˈchē-pish adjective

• cheap·ish·ly adverb

• cheap·ly ˈchē-plē adverb

• cheap·ness noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.