Definition of ungiving in US English:



  • 1(of a person) cold or stubborn in relationships with other people.

    • ‘How do generous children become ungiving parents?’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 (of a material) not bending or pliable; stiff.
      rigid, hard, firm, hardened, inelastic, non-flexible, inflexible
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