cheap

cheap (adj.) "low in price, that may be bought at small cost," c.1500, from god chep "favorable bargain" (12c., a translation of Fr. a bon marché), from O.E. ceap (n.) "traffic, bargain, a purchase," from ceapian (v.) "trade," probably an early Germanic borrowing from L. caupo (gen. cauponis) "petty tradesman, huckster" (Cf. O.Fris. kap "trade, purchase," Du. koop "trade, market, bargain," O.H.G. kauf "trader," Ger. Kauf, Dan. kjèb "purchase, bargain," O.N. kaup "bargain, pay." Cf. also O.C.S. kupiti "to buy," a Germanic loan-word.
The meaning "low in price" was represented in Old English by undeor, lit. "un-dear" (opposed to deop ceap "high price," lit. "deep cheap"). Sense of "lightly esteemed, common" is from 1590s (Cf. similar evolution of L. vilis). The word also was used in Old English for "market" (Cf. ceapdæg "market day"), a sense surviving in place names Cheapside, East Cheap, etc. Related: Cheaply. Expression on the cheap is first attested 1888. German billig "cheap" is from M.L.G. billik, originally "fair, just," with a sense evolution via billiger preis "fair price," etc.

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