Frugality vs Cheap - What's the difference?

frugality | cheap |

As nouns the difference between frugality and cheap

is that frugality is the quality of being frugal; prudent economy; thrift while cheap is trade; traffic; chaffer; chaffering.

As an adjective cheap is

low and/or reduced in price.

As a verb cheap is

(obsolete) to trade; traffic; bargain; chaffer; ask the price of goods; cheapen goods.

As an adverb cheap is


Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



  • The quality of being frugal; prudent economy; thrift.
  • A sparing use; sparingness.
  • Synonyms

    * parsimony * thriftiness


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    Alternative forms

    * (l), (l) (dialectal)


    (en noun)
  • Trade; traffic; chaffer; chaffering.
  • A market; marketplace.
  • Price.
  • A low price; a bargain.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The sack that thou hast drunk me would have bought me lights as good cheap at the dearest chandler's in Europe.
  • Cheapness; lowness of price; abundance of supply.
  • Adjective

  • Low and/or reduced in price.
  • * John Locke
  • Where there are a great sellers to a few buyers, there the thing to be sold will be cheap .
  • * , chapter=3
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=One saint's day in mid-term a certain newly appointed suffragan-bishop came to the school chapel, and there preached on “The Inner Life.”  He at once secured attention by his informal method, and when presently the coughing of Jarvis […] interrupted the sermon, he altogether captivated his audience with a remark about cough lozenges being cheap and easily procurable.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Out of the gloom , passage=[Rural solar plant] schemes are of little help to industry or other heavy users of electricity. Nor is solar power yet as cheap as the grid. For all that, the rapid arrival of electric light to Indian villages is long overdue. When the national grid suffers its next huge outage, as it did in July 2012 when hundreds of millions were left in the dark, look for specks of light in the villages.}}
  • Of poor quality.
  • Of little worth.
  • * Dryden
  • You grow cheap in every subject's eye.
  • (slang, of an action or tactic in a game of skill) underhand; dubious.
  • (derogatory) Frugal; stingy.
  • Synonyms
    * bargain, inexpensive, frugal, no frills, priced-off * (of poor quality) flimsy
    * (low or reduced in price) dear, expensive, high-priced, pricey, * (of low value) precious, valuable
    See also


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To trade; traffic; bargain; chaffer; ask the price of goods; cheapen goods.
  • (obsolete) To bargain for; chaffer for; ask the price of; offer a price for; cheapen.
  • (obsolete) To buy; purchase.
  • (obsolete) To sell.
  • Usage notes

    Use of cheap as a verb has been surpassed by .


    (en adverb)
  • Cheaply.
  • (Milton)


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