Definition of cheapo in English:

cheapo

adjective

informal
  • Inexpensive and typically of inferior quality.

    ‘a cheapo version of the guitar’
    • ‘I still have most of it today - the muddle of contrasting strands of tinsel, cheapo lights, silly looking plastic icicles and homemade snowflakes, and yes, I still put them up every year - height clearance permitting.’
    • ‘For Americans with a taste for overseas destinations, cheapie off-season flights to Europe and bargain hotels often seem like the easiest and most obvious way to go.’
    • ‘I don't want to just get some old cheapie school backpack a) because they fall apart too fast and b) because they have no style.’
    • ‘No more brown and white tiles or horrendous cheapo panelling, please.’
    • ‘Nobody paid attention when he rode his ancient, cheapo mountain bike, but as soon as he got the new one, every guy on the block had to have a bike, too.’
    • ‘As to mobiles, I have a three-year-old cheapo pay-as-you-go that doesn't take pictures or show videos, which, I realise, makes me hideously unfashionable.’
    • ‘I also bought some cheapo keychains that had little lights in them.’
    • ‘So Nicky gets married in a cheapo chapel in Vegas.’
    • ‘Anyway, the central heating passed its test and so I'm heading out to buy a digital camera, despite my rather fond feelings for my current, cheapo version.’
    • ‘Culled from a slag heap of cable-access shows, cheapo action movies, inane sitcoms and tabloid news shows, these images are unfit for human consumption.’
    • ‘We forgot to mention how available their cartoons are if you want to cruise by the cheapo DVD displays at some department stores.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, while the Garden Bakery maintains its place in my dining pantheon, the restaurant half of the business is absolutely no threat to every rocker's favorite cheapo Chinese haunt.’
    • ‘It's an eyesore and looks like a dog's dinner of cheapo construction.’
    • ‘She made me buy her some purple hair dye, and a selection of cheapie drinks for the party.’
    • ‘Forget those sickly vanillin cheapo Riojas - this is class in a glass and drinks well now.’
    • ‘If you buy cheapo skates, your skating experience will suck.’
    • ‘We arrive at the ferry terminal five hours early, go straight to the check-in and they change my original, late night, cheapo booking to one for the next ferry at no extra charge.’
    • ‘One can assume that funds weren't available in this cheapie production to even properly stage a murder sequence, so somehow a strobing red light onscreen signifies when a killing has occurred.’
    • ‘It was the cheapo model with cloth seats, and we saved a further three pounds and ten shillings hand painting the registration numbers ourselves.’
    • ‘But if all else fails, you can now publish it yourself, in any one of a dozen formats from cheapo ebook to relatively expensive hardback.’
    poor-quality, second-rate, third-rate, substandard, low-grade, inferior, common, vulgar, shoddy, trashy, rubbishy, tawdry, tinny, brassy, worthless, meretricious, cheap and nasty, cheapjack, gimcrack, brummagem, pinchbeck
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noun

informal
  • Something that is inexpensive and tyically of inferior quality.

    ‘higher quality shoes wear more slowly than cheapos’
    • ‘Higher quality shoes wear more slowly that cheapos, but they all wear in the same way.’
    • ‘He made so many cheapies in Europe and North America that a complete inventory of his movies is fairly impossible.’
    • ‘It would be dishonest of me to sing this film's praises, transfer-wise - the fact is, this movie looks like a cheapie made-for-TV flick.’
    • ‘I think it's good to invest in classics or special, interesting pieces, but T-shirts and other basics can be cheapies.’
    • ‘I've owned my computer for three years and it wasn't a cheapo when I bought it.’
    • ‘But it's not a cheapie: the per-unit wholesale price is around $50 to $75, depending on the volume.’
    • ‘Bars are split into brewpubs, those with food, with terraces, fly-drawing cheapies and more.’
    • ‘What's more the top 10 selling cars last month weren't all medium price or cheapies either.’
    • ‘An acquaintance assures me that this was simply due to the fact that this was a low-spec model, a cheapie, and that other models have features-a-plenty.’
    • ‘They're $45 per person, and include two free drinks (and cheapies after those have gone), gourmet finger food, a chance to win loads of prizes, including a dinner cruise, and plenty of great conversation starters.’
    • ‘Please pay me in shoes and handbags - no cheapies please!’
    • ‘In general, those sold for game fishing tend to be better than cheapies from the local garage.’
    • ‘With classical recitals on the central patio, well-stocked CD cabinets (all 14 rooms have hi-fis) and lots of surrealist art, it has bags more character than most cheapies.’
    • ‘If you must shop for wine in a French hypermarket, my advice is to avoid the cheapies and to trade up to appellation contrôlée bottles at £5 - £10 a bottle.’
    • ‘Like you, my first experiences with sparkling wines were the cheapies served at weddings in those plastic saucerlike glasses.’

Origin

From cheap + -o.

Pronunciation

cheapo

/ˈtʃiːpəʊ/