Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “cheap”

See all translations

cheap

adjective
 
 
/tʃiːp/
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. During times of mass unemployment, there's a pool of cheap labour for employers to draw from. →  See also inexpensive
if a store, restaurant, etc. is cheap, it charges low prices: This is the cheapest office supplies store in the city. →  See also inexpensive
low in quality and low in price: He bought some cheap shoes that fell apart after a couple of months.
US disapproving ( UK mean) unwilling to spend money: He's so cheap we didn't get a pay raise this year.
cheap and cheerful UK informal cheap, but good or enjoyable: There's a restaurant round the corner that serves cheap and cheerful food.
cheap and nasty UK informal costing little, and of bad quality: Spend a little more and avoid getting something that is just cheap and nasty.
(Definition of cheap adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of cheap?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “cheap” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

guru

a religious leader or teacher in the Hindu or Sikh religion

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More