Definition of ingrown in US English:



  • 1Growing or having grown within a thing; innate.

    ‘as Greek instinct or ingrown habit would have dictated’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    inborn, natural, inbred, congenital, inherent, intrinsic, instinctive, intuitive, spontaneous, unlearned, untaught
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    1. 1.1 (of a toenail) having grown abnormally so as to press into the flesh.
      • ‘To avoid ingrown toenails, cut your nails straight across.’
      • ‘He is stepping gingerly because of problems with ingrown toenails.’
      • ‘Then, a week later, the ingrown toenail that resulted from her stubbing becomes infected.’
      • ‘If you are having any problems, such as loss of feeling, sores, or ingrown toenails, tell your doctor right away.’
      • ‘It was an ingrown toenail, or the beginning of one, or something.’
      • ‘Sometimes we see an ingrown hair in people who shave the pubic area.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Your chances of developing an ingrown toenail are reduced if you cut your nails properly.’
      • ‘Plus there's the ingrown hair and stuff like inflamed follicles that may come if it's left without maintenance.’
      • ‘With no support of the toe box, the toes and ankles suffered causing ingrown toenails, bunions and arthritis.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After the loss, Williams sat out with an ingrown toenail.’
      • ‘Then, carefully clip toenail corners at 45-degree angles to prevent ingrown toenails.’
      • ‘Ignoring an ingrown toenail may lead to more serious complications later, such as infections that can spread right down to the bone.’
      • ‘Shaving, of course, is what causes ingrown hairs, which is what you are mistaking as zits.’
      • ‘The camera zoomed on her big toe showing a pussing ingrown toenail.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘While this can be effective for solving all sorts of software troubles, it's like amputating someone's leg to fix an ingrown toenail.’
      • ‘And he'd get ingrown toenails or an allergy attack while he was fighting.’
      • ‘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).’
    2. 1.2 Preoccupied with oneself; inward-looking.
      ‘direct mail is a clubby, ingrown world in which everybody knows everybody’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To the extent that the conservative or libertarian parts of the blogosphere become ingrown, they fail to do necessary persuasive work.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3Geology (of an incised meander) asymmetric in cross section due to lateral erosion.