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    #1

    mean mean

    hi,

    What is the meaning of the word mean in the following sentence?

    ''Your uncle is mean not to offer you a drink.''

    or rephrased:
    ''It is mean of your uncle not to offer you a drink''

    Thank you in advance,

    m

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    Re: mean mean

    Ungenerous. Inhospitable. Stingy. Penny-pinching. Parsimonious. Tight-fisted. A tight-wad.

    'Mean' can sometimes mean 'hostile/unpleasant'. But I think in this context it just means he didn't like spending money.

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    Re: mean mean

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Ungenerous. Inhospitable. Stingy. Penny-pinching. Parsimonious. Tight-fisted. A tight-wad.

    'Mean' can sometimes mean 'hostile/unpleasant'. But I think in this context it just means he didn't like spending money.

    b
    You may be right, but I don't get that from the sentence.

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    #4

    Re: mean mean

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    You may be right, but I don't get that from the sentence.

    What do you understand then?

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    #5

    Re: mean mean

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad-ox View Post
    What do you understand then?
    Not offereing somebody a drink can have dozens of reasons. Inhospitable, rude, grumpy, holding a grudge, unfriendly, etc.

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