Definitions of skimpy

  1. containing little excess; " a lean budget"; " a skimpy allowance"
  2. Stingy; miserly; narrow; as, a skimpy skirt.
  3. Skimpier.
  4. Skimpiest.

Usage examples for skimpy

  1. Her own, at the best, is skimpy and straight, though very much my colour, and what with permanent waving and instantaneous hair colouring it was positively dwindling away." – Jan and Her Job by L. Allen Harker
  2. However you came to be so skimpy and flat- chested is a mystery to me. – Superseded by May Sinclair
  3. And this is no' yin o' the skimpy kind; it's fine and fussy and soft ... – Penny Plain by Anna Buchan (writing as O. Douglas)
  4. Many times, Edward, I had to prepare my own meals- and mighty skimpy ones they were too, some of them. – The Instant of Now by Irving E. Cox, Jr.
  5. I selected a yellow brocade trimmed with seed- pearls and cascades of lace, and Alicia chose a skimpy blue satin frock with a round neck, an upstanding lace collar, and absurd little puffed sleeves. – A Woman Named Smith by Marie Conway Oemler
  6. I hate to have them look skimpy in the dish. – Norston's Rest by Ann S. Stephens
  7. By the spring of 1621, when the bulk of the college funds had been expended and the lottery was terminated, Sir Edwin's financial resources had become even more skimpy and uncertain. – The Virginia Company Of London, 1606-1624 by Wesley Frank Craven
  8. I was there myself all the time and they neither of thirty- five cents a pound for the most ordinary ferns and red carnations was all they had, and we thought it rather skimpy under the brought up in one big braid and caught down with at Peterson's they were pink and white with- ' ... – Quit Your Worrying! by George Wharton James
  9. To cut this the way you want it is going to give the folds a ter'ble skimpy look. – Strangers and Wayfarers by Sarah Orne Jewett
  10. The supply was getting low by this time, but they carried over one rather skimpy and distressingly seedy glass to be divided among the three. – Chicken Little Jane by Lily Munsell Ritchie
  11. And she was off, waving her skimpy hand from the door. – The Story of Louie by Oliver Onions
  12. I'll do that same, and be thankful if my voracious cousin leaves me enough room for a few scant and skimpy clodings! – Two Little Women on a Holiday by Carolyn Wells
  13. The flesh all these skimpy ones had lost, solid people had put on. – The Freelands by John Galsworthy
  14. And the women wore long skimpy skirts of animals' skins. – The Story of the Amulet by E. Nesbit
  15. Such necks, such arms, no sleeves to speak of, nothing but a skimpy band across the shoulders; heads loaded down with braids and puffs, and great, long curls, which fell on those bare necks and covered them up into a little decency. – Phemie Frost's Experiences by Ann S. Stephens
  16. You'd sure freeze your toes in skimpy- fangled gear like that. – Smoke Bellew by Jack London
  17. There was near them a lounge,- skimpy enough for one, but they found it amply large for two. – Rossmoyne by Unknown
  18. He wasn't as skimpy as he'd looked from the outside, but I saw that it wouldn't be safe to try the mitts: I might forget and put a little steam into the punch- then it would be a case of sweepin' up the pieces. – Shorty McCabe by Sewell Ford
  19. Her big, dark, mournful eyes and shaggy hair, her sallow face and shabby frock, twice let down and still " skimpy," told a pathetic story. – A Trooper Galahad by Charles King