un·​giving | \ "+ \

Definition of ungiving

1 : exhibiting parsimony : frugal, stingy stingy, ungiving people— Vance Packard
2 : characterized by rigidity : adamant, inflexible if the mother is a cold, ungiving, stern and disciplinary one— Carl Binger

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History and Etymology for ungiving

un- entry 1 + giving, present participle of give

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“Ungiving.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ungiving. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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