Definition of ungenerous in English:



  • Not generous; mean.

    ‘he was not an ungenerous man’
    • ‘Perhaps most important, the new carriers were not burdened with staffing levels that make those that existed in some of Britain's nationalised industries seem ungenerous.’
    • ‘But both of us know that he's just said something spectacularly ungenerous about the victims' families.’
    • ‘The reasons for the government's ungenerous efforts are different.’
    • ‘The check-out time of 11 am is a little ungenerous.’
    • ‘And at 200 pages, this selection is a little on the ungenerous side.’
    • ‘The authoritarians wanted harsh penalties and as ungenerous a benefit system as possible.’
    • ‘The city is Dundee, called at one point ‘the armpit of northern Britain’, which anyone who knows Dundee will agree is a not ungenerous description.’
    • ‘I feel I've been a little ungenerous to Johnson who bowled 20 overs for 55 and suffered badly from some over-imaginative field placings for which of course he himself may have asked.’
    • ‘‘I am amazed and deeply disappointed that the Barbican can be so ungenerous,’ Hall says.’
    • ‘But Duffin strongly disputes this, saying that just because Scottish Life is for tax reasons barred from handing out large windfalls, it doesn't mean it is being ungenerous.’
    • ‘He is unstinting but never ungenerous in his depiction of an Italy materially and emotionally ravaged by the second world war.’
    • ‘One first year called the system ‘cheeky’ as nobody would want to openly declare themselves as ungenerous.’
    • ‘It isn't that the US is ungenerous; it's just that it isn't sharing the insight other countries have, and it's very important that we try to get them there.’
    • ‘An ungenerous thought about Mr Shapiro's siblings occurs to me.’
    • ‘He is stiff, self-conscious, grudging, coy and ungenerous.’
    • ‘They do not qualify for loans, but are paid a regular bursary that Mairi says is not ungenerous and has become even more valuable since she left college.’
    • ‘It would be ungenerous to suggest the 42-year-old needed a hit film to restart a flagging career, but Carlyle has spent the past couple of years pursuing projects outside mainstream cinema.’
    • ‘The dominant UK political discourse is both xenophobic and ungenerous.’
    • ‘History's verdict is not clearcut but it has not been ungenerous.’
    • ‘Rather ungenerous of him considering it's made him a wealthy man.’
    uncharitable, unpleasant, disagreeable, nasty, mean, mean-spirited, cruel, vicious, spiteful, malicious, malevolent, harsh, callous, pitiless, ruthless, unsympathetic, unfeeling, compassionless, uncaring, snide, shabby, hurtful, wounding, upsetting, ill-natured, hard-hearted, heartless, cold-hearted, merciless, brutal, savage, inhuman
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