Pronunciation: (skrimp),[key] —v.i. to be sparing or frugal; economize (often fol. by on): They scrimped and saved for everything they have. He spends most of his money on clothes, and scrimps on food.
—v.t. 1. to be sparing or restrictive of or in; limit severely: to scrimp food. 2. to keep on short allowance; provide sparingly for: to scrimp their elderly parents.