Frugal vs Skimp - What's the difference?

frugal | skimp |


As adjectives the difference between frugal and skimp

is that frugal is avoiding unnecessary expenditure either of money or of anything else which is to be used or consumed; avoiding waste while skimp is (dated|uk|dialect|or|us|colloquial) scanty.

As a verb skimp is

to slight; to do carelessly; to scamp.

As a noun skimp is

a skimpy or insubstantial thing, especially a piece of clothing.

frugal

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Avoiding unnecessary expenditure either of money or of anything else which is to be used or consumed; avoiding waste.
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  • Synonyms

    * cheap * economical * thrifty * See also

    Antonyms

    * spendthrift * prodigal * lavish

    Derived terms

    * frugality

    skimp

    English

    Verb

  • To slight; to do carelessly; to scamp.
  • To make insufficient allowance for; to scant; to scrimp.
  • To save; to be parsimonious or stingy.
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (dated, UK, dialect, or, US, colloquial) Scanty.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • A skimpy or insubstantial thing, especially a piece of clothing.
  • * 2007 , George Ella Lyon, With a Hammer for my Heart , p. 192:
  • I remembered how fierce it hurt and how it blistered. All that pain from just a skimp of flesh.
  • (in the plural, colloquial) Underwear.
  • * 2007 , Zoo Today:
  • While presenting a rundown of the sexiest soap stars in the world in this week's ZOO, Hollyoaks' Gemma Atkinson very kindly stripped down to her skimps herself.