Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not bringing gifts.

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  • adjective Not giving; ungenerous.

Etymologies

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un- +‎ giving

Examples

  • As a young reader, I found Jane herself a rigid, ungiving character, but that was when I was teenager and didn't have a proper understanding of the period and predicament of Jane.

    Jane Eyre in the Carnival Mirror

  • The bed I was on was not soft, either -- it was a board, and so hard and ungiving that when I slid awkwardly out from between his legs, he hardly bounced.

    Enjoyment

  • However, I was so disappointed to learn about how ungiving she is of her fame & fortune to her family.

    Christopher Ciccone Can’t Stand Jesus — Or Madonna’s Hair

  • There was only her own harsh breathing and the scrabble of her fingertips against the ungiving transparent barrier between her and the door.

    Cassandra Clare: The Mortal Instrument Series

  • This does not satisfy the scenario of the sacred gift I outline above, because it makes God ungenerous, ungiving.

    THE HALLS OF PENTHEUS -- PART FOUR

  • This does not satisfy the scenario of the sacred gift I outline above, because it makes God ungenerous, ungiving.

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • The deep discordance, the old muscling of wills, that ungiving thing in the idea of brothers.

    Underworld

  • The deep discordance, the old muscling of wills, that ungiving thing in the idea of brothers.

    Underworld

  • The deep discordance, the old muscling of wills, that ungiving thing in the idea of brothers.

    Underworld

  • He wasn't: the critics grumbled that his austere installation of such objects as a beat-up Styrofoam block painstakingly recreated in bronze was dry and ungiving.

    A Global Tour Of 2001'S Best Art

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