Dog cheap, very cheap, — a phrase formed probably by the catachrestical transposition of good cheap. [Colloq.]

(Cheap), adv. Cheaply. Milton.

(Cheap), v. i. To buy; to bargain. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Cheap"en) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cheapened ; p. pr. & vb. n. Cheapening.] [OE. cheapien, chepen, to trade, buy, sell, AS. ceápian; akin to D. koopen to buy, G. kaufen, Icel. kaupa, Goth. kaupon to trade. Cf. Chap to bargain.]

1. To ask the price of; to bid, bargain, or chaffer for. [Obsoles.]

Pretend to cheapen goods, but nothing buy.

2. [Cf. Cheap, a.] To beat down the price of; to lessen the value of; to depreciate. Pope.

My proffered love has cheapened me.

(Cheap"en*er) n. One who cheapens.

(Cheap"-jack` Cheap"-john`) n. A seller of low-priced or second goods; a hawker.

(Cheap"ly) adv. At a small price; at a low value; in a common or inferior manner.

(Cheap"ness) n. Lowness in price, considering the usual price, or real value.

(Chear) n. & v. [Obs.] See Cheer.

(Cheat) n. [rob. an abbrevation of escheat, lands or tenements that fall to a lord or to the state by forfeiture, or by the death of the tenant without heirs; the meaning being explained by the frauds, real or supposed, that were resorted to in procuring escheats. See Escheat.]

1. An act of deception or fraud; that which is the means of fraud or deception; a fraud; a trick; imposition; imposture.

When I consider life, 'tis all a cheat.

2. One who cheats or deceives; an impostor; a deceiver; a cheater.

Airy wonders, which cheats interpret.

3. (Bot.) A troublesome grass, growing as a weed in grain fields; — called also chess. See Chess.

4. (Law) The obtaining of property from another by an intentional active distortion of the truth.

(Cheap), a. [Abbrev. fr. "good cheap": a good purchase or bargain; cf. F. bon marché, à bon marché. See Cheap, n., Cheapen.]

1. Having a low price in market; of small cost or price, as compared with the usual price or the real value.

Where there are a great sellers to a few buyers, there the thing to be sold will be cheap.

2. Of comparatively small value; common; mean.

You grow cheap in every subject's eye.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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