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English definition of “cheap”

cheap

adjective uk   /tʃiːp/ us  

cheap adjective (LOW PRICE)

A1 costing little money or less than is usual or expected: I got a cheap flight at the last minute. Food is usually cheaper in supermarkets. Children and the elderly are entitled to cheap train tickets. The system is simple and cheap to operate. During times of mass unemployment, there's a pool of cheap labour for employers to draw from.figurative In a war, human life becomes very cheap (= seems to be of little value). If a shop or restaurant is cheap, it charges low prices: I go to the cheapest hairdresser's in town. cheap and cheerful UK cheap but good or enjoyable: There's a restaurant round the corner that serves cheap and cheerful food. on the cheap informal If you get goods on the cheap, you get them for a low price, often from someone you know who works in the company or business that produces them.

cheap adjective (LOW QUALITY)

C1 disapproving describes goods that are both low in quality and low in price: I bought some cheap wine for cooking with. He bought some cheap shoes that fell apart after a couple of months. cheap and nasty UK costing little and of very bad quality

cheap adjective (MEAN)

US (UK mean) unwilling to spend money: He's so cheap he didn't even buy me a card for my birthday.

cheap adjective (DRESSED SEXILY)

disapproving If you describe the way a person is dressed as cheap, you mean that it is very obvious that they are trying to sexually attract other people.

cheap adjective (UNKIND)

disapproving unpleasant and unkind: I wish you'd stop making cheap jokes about my friends.

cheap

adverb uk   /tʃiːp/ us  
for little money or for less than is usual: I got some shoes cheap in the sale. There were some chairs in the market going cheap (= they were not expensive).
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