(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.