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adjective     cheap pronunciation in American English
/tʃip/
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adjectivecheap
comparativecheaper
superlativecheapest
  1. 1
    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.

    1. a.
      used about something that is lower in price than usual or than you expected

      Silver is very cheap in Mexico.

  2. 2
    not expensive and not of good quality

    People were drinking cheap wine from plastic cups.

    He was always buying her cheap jewelry.

    a cheap imitation:

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

  3. 3
    not happy about spending money even on necessary things

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

  4. 4
    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:

    Senator Wilson 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.

  5. 5
    not considered important or valuable

    It happened during the war when life was cheap.

derived words

cheaply

adverb

cheapness

noun [uncountable]
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