Indian giver


plural Indian givers
dated, offensive
: a person who gives something to another and then takes it back or expects an equivalent in return
Indian giving noun dated, offensive

Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Indian giver was in 1838

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“Indian giver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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