ungenerous

adjective

un·​gen·​er·​ous
ˌən-ˈjen-rəs,
-ˈje-nə- How to pronounce ungenerous (audio)
: not generous:
a
: petty, mean
ungenerous criticisms
b
: deficient in liberality : stingy
an ungenerous offer
ungenerously adverb

Examples of ungenerous in a Sentence

it is ungenerous for someone of his ample means not to provide more for the care of his aging parents
Recent Examples on the Web If my understanding of Shortz’s motives for hiring me was a paranoid misread—ungenerous to both of us—my premonitions about the demographics and ethos of puzzle-making were eventually confirmed. Anna Shechtman, The New Yorker, 18 Feb. 2024 The image of Chaplin the man had become virtually the inverse of the Tramp’s: oversexed, ungenerous, anti-American. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023 Tobin Bell returns as the twisted craftsman Jigsaw, who takes on an ungenerous American medical industry by kidnapping doctors and placing them in death traps. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 30 Sep. 2023 That ungenerous attitude toward Susie’s world hijacks the mood as the film goes full-tilt media circus lampoon. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 25 July 2023 Don’t be ungenerous in victory. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 5 Nov. 2020 Now she feels yoked not just to a violent man and a pompous son but to her own prickly, ungenerous personality. Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2021 This was distinctly ungenerous, as Schrödinger’s hypothesis was, in fact, quite precise and did not simply involve coining a new name. Matthew Cobb, Discover Magazine, 22 July 2015 Some of the world's poorest people without enough food are in northern Kenya, where animal carcasses are slowly stripped to the bone beneath an ungenerous sky. Cara Anna, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1641, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ungenerous was in 1641

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“Ungenerous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ungenerous. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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