|Origin:||good cheap 'at a good price, cheaply', from cheap 'trade, price' (11-18 centuries), from Old English ceap|
cheap1 S1 W2 comparative cheaper, superlative cheapest
not at all expensive, or lower in price than you expected [≠ expensive]:
cheap rail fares
the cheapest TV on the market
Property is cheaper in Spain than here.
a cheap shop (=one that sells goods cheaply)
The equipment is relatively cheap and simple to use.
This coat was dirt cheap informal (=very cheap).
cheap and cheerful British English (=simple and not expensive, but of reasonable quality)
a cheap and cheerful Italian restaurant
low in price and quality:
Cheap wine gives me a headache.
The furniture looked cheap and nasty.
a cheap imitation of the real thing
not costing much to use or to employ [= inexpensive]
not expensive to use
Gas appliances are usually cheaper to run than electric ones.
For the employer, a part-time workforce means a cheap labour supply.
showing a lack of honesty, moral principles, or sincere feelings, so that you do not deserve respect:
not deserving respect
She felt cheap and stupid, like a naughty child caught stealing.
You're lying, aren't you? You're so cheap.
His remark was a cheap shot at short people.
another cheap political stunt
It was nothing but a cheap trick (=unkind trick).
not liking to spend money [= mean British English]
not generousAmerican English
She's too cheap to take a cab.
excitement that does not take much effort to get:
Bella will sleep with anyone for a cheap thrill.
used to say that it is not important if people die
8 British English, cheap at twice the price
so good, useful, or desirable that the cost is not important
a cheaply furnished room
They lived as cheaply as possible.
—cheapness noun [uncountable]WORD FOCUS: cheap
the relative cheapness of housing
reasonable not too expensive
economical used about cars, systems, or methods that do not cost a lot of money to use
be good value to be well worth the price you pay
be a bargain to be very cheapWORD FOCUS: bad
very bad: awful, terrible, horrible, lousy informal, appalling, ghastly, atrocious, horrendous
bad, but not very bad: not very good, mediocre, second-rate, so-so, lacklustre
of bad quality: shoddy, inferior, poor quality, cheap, crummy informal
bad at doing something: be no good at something
very bad at doing something: hopeless, terrible, useless, lousy informal, incompetent
morally bad: evil, wicked, immoral, corrupt, sick, perverted, degenerate
➔ See also bad