One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a person) cold or stubborn towards other people.‘a crusty, ungiving, authoritarian father’
- ‘Inspirational and imbued with an engaging, multidimensional personality on the park, he can be infuriatingly insouciant and ungiving off it.’
- ‘He eyes were no longer ungiving, but somehow new like a child's.’
- ‘In the beginning, both seemed austere, even ungiving.’
- ‘It may have embarked willingly on a peace strategy with its neighbours, but it has adopted a grudging and ungiving attitude in its daily dealings with its Arab neighbours.’
- ‘How do generous children become ungiving parents?’
2(of a substance or material) not pliable; stiff.‘I was wearing a new dress of taffeta that felt slippery and ungiving against my body’‘every day he perches on the ungiving sidewalk’rigid, hard, firm, hardened, inelastic, non-flexible, inflexibleView synonyms
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