Pronunciation: (chēp), [key]
—adj., -er, -est,
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.
at a low price; at small cost: He is willing to sell cheap.
on the cheap, Informal.inexpensively; economically: She enjoys traveling on the cheap.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.