Anyone meanspirited is unkind, not particularly generous, or even deliberately rude. A meanspirited person might steal your place in line, or even kick you while you're down.

It's meanspirited to crush someone's good mood with a nasty remark, and it's also meanspirited to eat your huge lunch (and refuse to share it) in front of a hungry classmate who's left his at home. Acting in an inconsiderate or careless way, particularly when you show a lack of generosity, will make you appear to be meanspirited.

Definitions of meanspirited
  1. adjective
    lacking in magnanimity
    “a meanspirited man unwilling to forgive”
    synonyms: ungenerous
    stingy, ungenerous
    unwilling to spend
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    not petty in character and mind
    willing to give and share unstintingly
    big, large, magnanimous
    generous and understanding and tolerant
    without envy or reluctance
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  2. adjective
    having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality
    “something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics”
    synonyms: base, mean
    completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose
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