indian giver

noun Informal: Sometimes Offensive.

  1. a person who gives a gift and then takes it back.


  1. US and Canadian offensive a person who asks for the return of a present he has given

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]

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