Adjective "Cheap" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Low in price, especially in relation to similar items or services.
  1. 'Any way you cut it, cleaning services are not cheap.'
  2. 'Residents have been warned to beware of unsolicited traders who call at houses in York offering cheap services such as driveway resurfacing.'
  3. 'Even now, restaurant food is quite cheap, albeit a bit risky.'
  4. 'People are used to cheap film development services, because these shops do not include the cost of the pollution they create in developing film into their prices.'
  5. 'That could, in turn, cause prices of oil to slump to the detriment of the Saudi economy and its ability to provide cheap public services.'
  6. 'The aim of this company was to provide a communications service as cheap as possible to all citizens without any form of discrimination.'
  7. 'Bradford has in recent times lost a lot of its manufacturing jobs and these have been replaced by cheap service jobs like takeaways, hotels and cleaners.'
  8. 'It's true, the area is full of art galleries in old houses, trendy restaurants, cheap Victorian houses, and yes, good beer.'
  9. 'It is a relatively small price to pay, however, for the abundance of cheap beer, divine chocolate eclairs and great restaurants he enjoys throughout Sofia.'
  10. 'The food was cheap, the service cheerful and the company convivial when eight of us opted for an easy meal recently.'
  11. 'a cheap restaurant'
  12. 'He researched the building they would be breaking into, and he found a cheap hotel near there.'
  13. 'That evening I bought a dinner in a cheap restaurant near the lodging house.'
  14. 'Its restaurants were good and cheap and its pubs overpopulated.'
  15. 'Here you will find fantastic Indian restaurants, the best being the Punjab, friendly cheap pubs and encounter the sub culture.'
  16. 'We all ran and hid in this cheap motel's restaurant.'
  17. 'Some coffee shops and cheap restaurants were open, and even the city's double-decker public buses were moving in very light traffic.'
  18. 'This cheap and chic restaurant is run by an Hiberno-Spanish family who boast Spain and Denmark among their former homes.'
  19. 'Soon she has a job at a service station and a cheap place to stay.'
  20. 'So I sat by him in this rather depressing scene, as we played poker on the wet, cement floor, in the alley of cheap restaurants and pizza places.'
  21. 'The pier is lined with excellent cheap restaurants, the fish visible in the sea beneath.'
  22. 'That is, that it's providing cheap labor instead of quality, but more expensive labor.'
  23. 'A restaurant in some unknown country, cheap wood-grain paneling on the wall and a sad-faced waitress who spoke only Italian as she delivered the overcooked food to the table.'
  24. 'It's a cheap restaurant that is degrading to woman.'
  25. 'There was a time when it was easy to spot a fake: misspelled logos, cheap leather and shoddy hardware.'
  26. 'The area that was hit was one of Baghdad's poorest - consisting of overcrowded apartments, rundown shops and cheap restaurants.'
  27. 'In addition, cheap, inferior food which floods into this country from abroad undercuts quality home produce and increases the downward pressure on farm gate prices.'
  28. 'The Russian healthcare system is moving from a model based on cheap, poor quality labour to one with fewer, skilled people supported by modern technology.'
  29. 'We may well be starting to develop a taste for better coffee, but only 30 per cent of the beans we import are quality arabica, the rest being cheap, inferior robusta.'
  30. 'He said the agency had to carefully examine the quality of cheap meat to decide whether it was safe for human consumption.'
Of little worth because achieved in a discreditable way requiring little effort.
  1. 'The cheap thrills aren't worth the self-inflicted lobotomy one must perform to enjoy them.'
  2. 'Finally he did achieve a cheap tabloid immortality, but this CD won't raise his status.'
  3. '‘I am disappointed that they view Bolton's transport plans as nothing more than a cheap political gimmick,’ he said.'
  4. 'Online study does not mean cheap and low quality.'
  5. 'Most of them are using that trick for cheap laughs, while he earned those laughs the hard way.'
  6. 'a cheap trick'
  7. 'There is something strangely mesmerising about a snake-charmer's snake but, at the end of the day, you realise it is just another cheap trick.'
  8. 'I've ended up using a cheap trick - I've adopted exam papers as a structure for two of the scenarios, one based on Politics, one on Media Studies.'
  9. 'Or is it simply easier for a struggling paper with sales in freefall to decide that a cheap headline is worth more than any kind of journalistic accuracy?'
  10. 'Since his elevation, he has resorted to cheap populism in an effort to win back disaffected working class voters.'
  11. 'Luckily for its readers, this newspaper would never fall for such cheap tricks.'
  12. 'How are we supposed to teach our kids about sportsmanship and fair play if this coach constantly gets away with his cheap tricks and abusive behavior?'
  13. 'The singer, who had been floating on a cloud of critical success at a French label, fell down to earth with a bump when critics panned her first solo effort as vulgar and cheap.'
  14. 'It uses cheap narrative tricks to skip ahead to a pivotal moment in the tale.'
  15. 'Those in the property management departments of the architects feel they have been blinded by a cheap trick.'
  16. 'Did the rather cheap quality of the cartoons leave an impression as he read the scripts?'
  17. 'I've got an etiquette question because I can't decide if I'm being cheap and greedy or thoroughly modern.'
  18. 'Well, I'm so cheap I still ask the prices of things I like.'
  19. 'If they look cheap, in comparison, it can send the wrong message about the candidate.'


At or for a low price.
  1. 'Ah - there's an idea… pork joints going cheap for Christmas anyone?'
  2. 'However, at just under €400,000 before tax and transport costs, it could be a while before you see any going cheap.'


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 depreciat

More examples(as adjective)

"datas can be cheap in places."

"products can be cheap in terms."

"brokers can be cheap on values."

"shares can be cheap at prices."

"people can be cheap in terms."

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Late 15th century: from an obsolete phrase good cheap ‘a good bargain’, from Old English cēap ‘bargaining, trade’, based on Latin caupo ‘small trader, innkeeper’.


cheap and cheerful
cheap and nasty
(as) cheap as chips
cheap at the price
on the cheap