To give something to someone and then take it back.
As in, giving some unwanted land to the Native Americans (or Indians), finding that the land contains gold, and then taking it back.
At least, that's what I was taught. None of the other definitions on here seem to follow this route, but surely my explanation makes the most sense?!
Jade: Here, you can have this cake, I don't like nuts.
Leah: Cheers. Hey, they're not nuts, they're chocolate chips. Mmmm...
Jade: Can I have it back? It was mine first.
Leah: Fucking Indian giver...
There are two popular etymologies for this term for a person who gives a gift only to later demand its return. The first is that it is based on an unfair stereotype of Native Americans, that they don't keep their word. In the other popular explanation, the term doesn't cast aspersions on Native Americans, instead it echoes the broken promises the whites made to the Indians. Neither is accurate, although the first is closer to the truth.
Instead the term comes from different commercial practices. To the Native Americans, who had no concept of money or currency, gifts were a form of trade goods, of exchange. One didn't give a gift without expecting one of equivalent value in return. If one could not offer an equivalent return gift, the original gift would be refused or returned. To the Europeans, who with their monetary-based trade practices, this seemed low and insulting, gifts were not for trade but were to be freely given.
The noun Indian gift dates to 1765. Indian giver follows about a century later in 1865. Originally, these reflected simply the expectation of a return gift. By the 1890s, the sense had shifted to mean one who demands a gift back.
A person who gives someone something, then wants it back!
Knoller loves to be an indian giver.
Someone who gives a gift and asks for it to be returned.
Based on the observation by European colonialists that native Americans would, by tradition, give a gift as a signal for something more significant in return. Interpreted negatively, leading the word "Indian" to mean false (e.g. Indian summer).
Girl in foyer: You gave me the necklace and now you want it back? You Indian giver!
Guy on porch: You know, the origin of the word "Indian giver" comes from ...
someone who gives something they have away, then asks for it back,a short time later
cherie "you can have one of these bangles michael"
2 days later
cherie "can i have that back"
michael "indian giver"
someone who gives you something and then takes it away
"if God gives life, then he's an indian giver"
Someone who makes a deal/plan/promise or gives a gift to someone. Then, when it is at the other persons advantage/gets what they want/needs to go back on what they said in order to get what they wnat, without regard to the other party, immediately goes back on their word/promise or takes back whatever was given and leaves the other person completley fucked
John: "i don't care you can have the car it's a piece of shit"
Chris: "wow! thanks i really need this car to get to work"
a few weeks later after chris fixes up the car
John: "yeah i'm gonna need that car back"
Chris: "but you gave it to me"
John: "yea well it's still in my name, i can call the authorities or you can just give it back to me. Either way it's going to be parked at my house tonight."
Chris: John is such a bitch ass indian giver i'm gonna scalp that motherfucker in front of his kids