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[uhn-jen-er-uh s]
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  1. stingy; niggardly; miserly: an ungenerous portion; an ungenerous employer.
  2. uncharitable; petty: an ungenerous critic; an ungenerous impulse.
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Origin of ungenerous

First recorded in 1635–45; un-1 + generous
Related formsun·gen·er·os·i·ty [uhn-jen-uh-ros-i-tee] /ˌʌn dʒɛn əˈrɒs ɪ ti/, nounun·gen·er·ous·ly, adverb
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Related Words

stingy, close, harsh, illiberal, mean, miserly, narrow, petty, selfish, shabby, small, sordid, uncharitable, grudging

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  • The shifty, ungenerous spirit of compromise awoke in Raymount.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • He is not so ungenerous a man as you think him: nor has he an unfeeling heart.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • It cannot, cannot be, that I should have cause to apprehend him to be so ungenerous, so bad a man.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Do you think me so ungenerous as to seek a place in your esteem without his consent?

    The Contrast

    Royall Tyler

  • Not a single unkind or ungenerous thought is to be found in any book of hers.

    The Last Voyage

    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

British Dictionary definitions for ungenerous


  1. not willing and liberal in giving away one's money, time, etc
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