Pronunciation: (chēp),[key] —adj.,-er, -est, —adv., n.
—adj. 1. costing very little; relatively low in price; inexpensive: a cheap dress. 2. costing little labor or trouble: Words are cheap. 3. charging low prices: a very cheap store. 4. of little account; of small value; mean; shoddy: cheap conduct; cheap workmanship. 5. embarrassed; sheepish: He felt cheap about his mistake. 6. obtainable at a low rate of interest: when money is cheap. 7. of decreased value or purchasing power, as currency depreciated due to inflation.
8. stingy; miserly: He's too cheap to buy his own brother a cup of coffee. 9. cheap at twice the price, exceedingly inexpensive: I found this old chair for eight dollars—it would be cheap at twice the price.
—adv. at a low price; at small cost: He is willing to sell cheap.
—n. on the cheap,Informal.inexpensively; economically: She enjoys traveling on the cheap.