noun Informal: Sometimes Offensive.
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Origin of Indian giver
usage note for Indian giver
OTHER WORDS FROM Indian giverIndian giving, noun
Words nearby Indian giver
British Dictionary definitions for Indian giver
Derived forms of Indian giverIndian giving, noun
Idioms and Phrases with Indian giver
One who takes or demands back one's gift to another, as in Jimmy wanted to take back Dan's birthday present, but Mom said that would make him an Indian giver. This term, now considered offensive, originally alluded to the Native American practice of expecting a gift in return for one that is given. [Colloquial; early 1800s]