Definition of ingrown in English:



  • 1Growing or having grown within; innate.

    ‘as ingrown habit would have dictated’
    • ‘Maybe festering resentment, ingrown anger, and self-hate are the inevitable result of the long years spent in fruitless opposition to the global reach of American power.’
    • ‘Many teachers and school administrators regard this not as a kid's overreaction, but as ingrown social incorrigibility that must be swiftly and severely punished.’
    • ‘It is an ingrown tradition, and anything that messes with it is a reason for fighting.’
    • ‘The change from that ingrown concern can come when something outside the self influences the self to rethink (God, Christ in Paul; Reason in Stoicism).’
    inborn, natural, inbred, congenital, inherent, intrinsic, instinctive, intuitive, spontaneous, unlearned, untaught
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    1. 1.1 (of a toenail) having grown into the flesh.
      • ‘Shaving, of course, is what causes ingrown hairs, which is what you are mistaking as zits.’
      • ‘And he'd get ingrown toenails or an allergy attack while he was fighting.’
      • ‘Then, a week later, the ingrown toenail that resulted from her stubbing becomes infected.’
      • ‘Plus there's the ingrown hair and stuff like inflamed follicles that may come if it's left without maintenance.’
      • ‘The camera zoomed on her big toe showing a pussing ingrown toenail.’
      • ‘If you are having any problems, such as loss of feeling, sores, or ingrown toenails, tell your doctor right away.’
      • ‘Your chances of developing an ingrown toenail are reduced if you cut your nails properly.’
      • ‘I must shower first, and then I shall clip my toenails (I have a hypochondriac's fear of ingrown toenails, so I manicure my feet incessantly).’
      • ‘I had an ingrown toenail (or rather it was beginning to become one) and I went to the foot doc to get it taken care of.’
      • ‘Ignoring an ingrown toenail may lead to more serious complications later, such as infections that can spread right down to the bone.’
      • ‘Trimming your toenails so they are short enough not to rub on the end of the boot, yet not so short that they will cause ingrown toenails, is very important.’
      • ‘Then, carefully clip toenail corners at 45-degree angles to prevent ingrown toenails.’
      • ‘It occurs when the outermost layers of your skin don't shed off at a normal rate and causes bumps composed of ingrown hairs and unshed skin.’
      • ‘Sometimes we see an ingrown hair in people who shave the pubic area.’
      • ‘While this can be effective for solving all sorts of software troubles, it's like amputating someone's leg to fix an ingrown toenail.’
      • ‘He is stepping gingerly because of problems with ingrown toenails.’
      • ‘With no support of the toe box, the toes and ankles suffered causing ingrown toenails, bunions and arthritis.’
      • ‘After the loss, Williams sat out with an ingrown toenail.’
      • ‘To avoid ingrown toenails, cut your nails straight across.’
      • ‘It was an ingrown toenail, or the beginning of one, or something.’
    2. 1.2 Inward-looking.
      ‘a clubby, ingrown world in which everybody knows everybody’
      • ‘We should be, as John Paul II has emphasized so often, reclaiming the culture, and that includes Catholic culture, where it has become ingrown and oppressive.’
      • ‘Reading these poems I kept thinking of Ionesco in Paris, Nabokov in New England, even Beckett, split between English and French but doing anything to avoid the stale colloquialisms of an ingrown Irishness.’
      • ‘Henighan considers the Toronto literary scene to be an ingrown milieu in which writers not published by USA branch plants are losers, and writers not living in Toronto are ignored.’
      • ‘To the extent that the conservative or libertarian parts of the blogosphere become ingrown, they fail to do necessary persuasive work.’
  • 2Geology
    (of an incised meander) asymmetric in cross section due to lateral erosion.