Lots of people have danced around the definition, but no one has said it fully, so I will.
"Cheap!" the interjection, or "You are cheap!" the insult are mostly used by scrubs in video games of all types. It could be zerg rushing in Starcraft, or using an AWP in Counter-Strike, or just WINNING the highly balanced game, Soul Calibur II, where EVERY MOVE has something you can do to counter.
The interjection or insult is mostly used by scrubs that don't know how to truly play the game to people that do, and beat them, to attempt to guilt-trip them against using a certain attack, or playing their best. Despite popular opinion, button-mashers are not cheap; they are just button-mashers. Carefully timed attacks counter their sloppy timing and lack of variety and throw moves.
Another definition cited Soul Calibur 2's Raphael, where all of his moves have something to stop them. Is he using 236B? Block or sidestep, and counter. Is he doing the Auto-Evade? Do a throw. EVERYTHING in SC2 has something to stop it, even Guard Impacts, which are extremely difficult to do 100% of the time, and can be tripped up with charge and delay moves. I will make an exception in Nightmare, who is fast, powerful, and has long range, so is therefore completely unstoppable in a good player's hands.
The moral of this definition is: Don't get mad, get better.
I've been called cheap so many times in the Arcade's Soul Calibur 2, mostly by the same people that challenge me over and over. There are precious few others that aren't just scrubs that take their losses like men, use a different character, and scrape together a win.
These same scrubs and whiners pick the SAME character over and over and over, believe that there are tiers for the characters (Yoshimitsu is kickass, and Yunsung is worst by a landslide? You wish.), and post on SoulCalibur.com, which is worse than the SomethingAwful Forums.
Heck, one guy is so vehement that he's resorted to the most childish tactics of blocking the coin input with his leg, and making oh-so-creative names of me in conquest like "Kentar Sux" and "Gaythar." simply because the first time I played him, I beat him.
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