Regionalisms from Mexico 
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (inexpensive)
a. barato
This store is really cheap.Esta tienda es muy barata.
b. económico
It's sometimes cheaper to fly than drive.A veces resulta más económico ir en avión que en coche.
2. (of poor quality)
a. barato
The apartment was furnished with cheap furniture that wouldn't last.El apartamento tenía muebles baratos que no iban a durar nada.
b. vulgar
You've been tricked. This watch is only a cheap imitation of a Rolex.Te han engañado. Este reloj no es más que una vulgar imitación de un Rólex.
c. ordinario
That perfume makes me feel cheap.Ese perfume me hace sentir ordinaria.
3. (vulgar)
a. de mal gusto (jokes or comments)
John seems to love telling cheap jokes.A Juan parece que le encanta contar chistes de mal gusto.
b. rastrero (behavior)
He is well-known for his cheap tactics to get ahead.Es famoso por sus tácticas rastreras para medrar.
4. (easy)
a. fácil
The script was full of cheap laughs.Era un guión de risa fácil.
5. (stingy)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. tacaño
My cheap uncle wouldn't even pay for our candy.El tacaño de mi tío ni siquiera nos pagaba las golosinas.
b. agarrado (colloquial)
He is so cheap that he invited me to his wedding reception on condition that I paid for my meal.Es tan agarrado que me invitó a su boda con la condición de que me pagara mi propio cubierto.
c. codo
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
My boss is really cheap; at Christmas he gave everybody a piece of gum.Mi jefe es bien codo; en Navidad nos regaló a cada uno un chicle.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
6. (inexpensively)
a. barato
Houses are going cheap this year.Las casas se venden baratas este año.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
to do something on the cheaphacer algo en plan barato or mirando el dinero
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (inexpensive)
a. barato(a)
cheap ratetarifa reducida
3. (of little value)
I feel cheap¡qué bajo he caído!
cheap and nastyde chichinabo, de chicha y nabo
a cheap joke/remarkun chiste/comentario de mal gusto
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
4. (colloquial)
it was going cheapestaba tirado(a) de precio
cheap [tʃiːp]
cheaper (comparative)cheapest (superlative)
1 (inexpensive) [+goods, labour, shop, ticket] barato; [+imports] a bajo precio; [+loan, credit] a bajo interés
goods, shop, flight, labour, ticket, hotel, housing, currency
it's ten pence cheaper es diez peniques más barato; it's cheaper to buy than to rent sale más económico or barato comprar que alquilar; gas cookers are cheaper to run las cocinas de gas salen or resultan más económicas; these cars are very cheap to produce la fabricación de estos coches sale muy barata
cheap labour mano (f) de obra barata
cheap money dinero (m) barato
dresses at ridiculously cheap prices vestidos a unos precios regalados
it's cheap at the price está bien de precio; es barato para lo que es; that's cheap at half the price! ¡es más que regalado!
cheap rate tarifa (f) reducida
cheap and cheerful bueno, bonito y barato
2 (poor-quality) [+product] barato; corriente
copy, wine, material, brand, café, jewellery, perfume
beware of cheap imitations! ¡esté al tanto de imitaciones baratas!; cheap and nasty ordinario; chabacano
3 (vulgar, mean) [+joke] ordinario; chabacano; [+behaviour, tactics] rastrero; [+remark, question] de mal gusto; [+opportunism, sensationalism] barato; [+promises] fácil
a cheap laugh la risa fácil
For years, music hall comics desperate for a cheap laugh only needed to mention the name Hartlepool I want to be funny but not cruel. I would never do Dietrich in a wheelchair, for example, or use bad language just for a cheap laugh
cheap thrills placeres (m) baratos
a cheap trick una mala pasada
4 (not deserving respect) bajo; indigno
to feel cheap sentirse humillado
they hold life cheap there allí la vida no vale nada
to look cheap parecer ordinario; tener un aspecto ordinario
to make o.s. cheap rebajarse; humillarse
[+buy, sell] barato
it's going cheap se vende barato
to [come] cheap
quality doesn't come cheap la calidad hay que pagarla
on the cheap [+decorate, travel] en plan barato (informal); to do sth on the cheap hacer algo en plan barato (informal); to buy or get sth on the cheap comprar algo por poco dinero or a bajo precio
they got a load of stuff on the cheap at the auction and now they're flogging it at car boot sales
cheap shot (n) golpe (m) bajo
Of course it's a cheap shot, juxtaposing two quotes out of context from over 20 years apart Quoting someone's every "um" and "uh" is a cheap shot He always throws out the tacky comment and the cheap shot. He has no class
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