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Cheap is a related term of sham.

As a noun 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 cheaply.

As a proper noun sham is




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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    (en adjective)
  • Intended to deceive; false.
  • It was only a sham wedding: they didn't care much for one another but wanted their parents to stop hassling them.
  • counterfeit; unreal
  • * Jowett
  • They scorned the sham independence proffered to them by the Athenians.


    * mock * See also


    * genuine * sincere * real


    (en noun)
  • A fake; an imitation that purports to be genuine.
  • The time-share deal was a sham .
  • Trickery, hoaxing.
  • A con-man must be skilled in the arts of sham and deceit.
  • A false front, or removable ornamental covering.
  • A decorative cover for a pillow.
  • Derived terms

    * shamateur

    See also

    * pillow sham


  • To deceive, cheat, lie.
  • * L'Estrange
  • Fooled and shammed into a conviction.
  • To obtrude by fraud or imposition.
  • * L'Estrange
  • We must have a care that we do not sham fallacies upon the world for current reason.
  • To assume the manner and character of; to imitate; to ape; to feign.
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