adj | adv
1 inexpensive, low-priced, bargain-priced, low-cost, sale-priced, cut-price, reasonable; economy, budget(-priced):
He was chewing on a cheap cigar. Everything used to be a lot cheaper when I was younger.
2 economical; reduced:
Eggs are cheaper by the dozen.
3 shoddy, base, shabby, tawdry, sleazy, tatty, seedy; inferior, low-grade, poor, second-rate, trashy, worthless, Brit twopenny or tuppenny; Colloq tacky, Brit tinpot, Slang US two-bit, lousy, chintzy:
Those cheap pictures ruin the look of the place.
4 stingy, miserly, penurious, niggardly, penny-pinching, cheese-paring, frugal, tight, tight-fisted, Scrooge-like, skinflinty:
That cheap brother of yours wouldn't give even a penny to a beggar.
5 inexpensively, cheaply, for a song, Brit for twopence or tuppence:
You can buy those cheap from any street vendor.
6 cheaply, easily, reasonably, for a song, Brit for twopence or tuppence:
She has sold cheap that which she holds most dear.
7 on the cheap. inexpensively, reasonably, cheaply, at or below cost, for a song, Brit for twopence or tuppence; Slang for peanuts:
We buy these watches on the cheap and sell them to tourists.
1 low price
be, be going
a brand new radio going cheap
| buy sth, sell sth
They're selling fabrics cheap this week.
| not come
Shoes like that don't come cheap.
amazingly, extremely, incredibly, remarkably, ridiculously, very
It's a good restaurant, and incredibly cheap.
| comparatively, fairly, pretty, quite, reasonably, relatively | hardly, not exactly
At £60,000 the car is not exactly cheap (= it is very expensive).
The watch was suspiciously cheap; it was probably a fake.
| buy/get sth on the cheap
The school managed to get a couple of computers on the cheap.
2 poor quality
The glasses are plain without looking cheap.
cheap and nasty
cheap and nasty products with brand names you've never heard of
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