untender

adjective un·tender \ "+ \

Definition of untender

1 :not tender in manner or approach :not gentle or sympathetic
  • an amusing companion … but fundamentally an unloving, untender woman
  • —C. D. Lewis
  • so young and so untender
  • —Shakespeare
2 archaic :not guided or influenced by religious feelings
3 :not soft or fragile :not easily hurt :tough
  • my throat was stiff and my jaw was not untender
  • —Raymond Chandler

untenderly

adverb

untenderness

noun

There's more!

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!
Already a subscriber? Log in.

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up untender? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a strongly worded attack

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!