[ in-grohn ]

  1. having grown into the flesh: an ingrown toenail.

  2. grown within or inward.

Origin of ingrown

First recorded in 1660–70; in-1 + grown

Words Nearby ingrown Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ingrown in a sentence

  • He was a brooding, ingrown man, secretive and sullen, with a streak of wildness which he usually managed to control.

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  • In my ingrown heart I hate him so there is no danger for me, tho' I've heard that he's a perfect fusser with the women.

  • The two little Skye terriers fondling one another are suffering from ingrown toe-nails and must needs have them cut.

British Dictionary definitions for ingrown


/ (ˈɪnˌɡrəʊn, ɪnˈɡrəʊn) /

  1. (esp of a toenail) grown abnormally into the flesh; covered by adjacent tissues

  2. grown within; native; innate

  1. excessively concerned with oneself, one's own particular group, etc

  2. ingrained

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