How do you say CHEAP in Italian?

How exactly do you say cheap in Italian?

In this lesson, we will take a look at the different words you can use to talk about being cheap in Italian. Read on to learn all you need to know!


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Cheap in Italian


Economico is how you translate cheap into Italian. Let’s listen to how this adjective is pronounced.

Its pronunciation is similar to eh-koh-noh-MEE-koh and it comes from the Green word oikonomikós, meaning “relating to the management of a household, domestic”. Make sure the final -o has a clean sound, because Italian vowel sounds are clean!

Economico is also used to translate “economic”.

Cheap; economic

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Like all other adjectives in Italian, economico needs to match the gender and number of the noun.


If a sofa is cheap, you would say economico because sofa, divano, is a masculine noun in Italian.

Likewise, you will say economica, if you’re talking about a cheap chair, sedia, which is a feminine noun.

Plural nouns behave the same way: if you want to describe some cheap earrings (orecchini, masculine plural), use economici. If you’re talking about some cheap apples (mele, feminine plural), use economiche instead.

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For example, you could say…

L’azienda vende prodotti economici di scarsa qualità.
The company sells cheap, low-quality products.

Vivono in un appartamento economico in un quartiere malfamato.
They live in a cheap apartment in a rough neighborhood.

La camera d’albergo era economica, ma anche sporca e scomoda.
The hotel room was cheap, but it was also dirty and uncomfortable.

Ho trovato un volo per l’Europa davvero economico a soli 300 dollari.
I found a really cheap flight to Europe for only $300.

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A buon mercato is another common way to translate cheap in Italian. It literally means “at good market”.

Ho comprato questo paio di scarpe a buon mercato.
I bought this cheap pair of shoes.

Another adjective that is commonly used is conveniente, which can also translate into English as “affordable”.

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For example, you could say…

Il mercato di frutta e verdura del mio quartiere è molto conveniente.
The fruit and vegetable market in my neighborhood is very convenient.

Il negozio di articoli per la casa offre prodotti convenienti e di buona qualità.
The home improvement store offers affordable and good quality products.

If cheap has a negative meaning, use the adjective scadente, which can also mean “poor”.


For example, you could say…

La qualità di questo legno è scadente.
The quality of this wood is poor.

Ho comprato dei pantaloni scadenti. Si sono strappati al primo utilizzo!
I bought some cheap pants. They ripped the first time I used them!

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And that’s the end of our lesson on how to say cheap in Italian!

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