cheap

I UK [tʃiːp] / US [tʃɪp] adjective
Word forms "cheap":
adjective cheap comparative cheaper superlative cheapest
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1)
a) not expensive

People should have access to cheap, fresh food.

The local buses are cheap and reliable.

a cheap and plentiful source of energy

The machine is relatively cheap to build but expensive to maintain.

b) used about something that is lower in price than usual or than you expected

Silver is very cheap in Mexico.

2) not expensive and not of good quality

People were drinking cheap wine from plastic cups.

He was always buying her cheap jewellery.

a cheap imitation:

Always ask for our products by name – beware of cheap imitations!

3) a cheap action or remark is unfair or unkind and does not deserve respect

I'm not interested in scoring cheap points in this debate.

a cheap joke/jibe:

The Minister should be dealing with the problem, not making cheap jibes.

a cheap trick:

He said he realized it had been a cheap trick and he was sorry.

4) not considered important or valuable

It happened during the war when life was cheap.

5) mainly American not willing to spend money

She's so cheap she wouldn't even buy her own mother a birthday card.

See:
talk II

Derived words:
cheaply
adverb
cheapness
noun uncountable
II UK [tʃiːp] / US [tʃɪp] adverb
Word forms "cheap":
comparative cheaper superlative cheapest
at a low price

I can't believe I managed to get it so cheap.

See:

English dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:

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