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adjective gen·er·ous \ˈjen-rəs, ˈje-nə-\

Simple Definition of generous

  • : freely giving or sharing money and other valuable things

  • : providing more than the amount that is needed or normal : abundant or ample

  • : showing kindness and concern for others

Full Definition of generous

  1. 1 archaic :  highborn

  2. 2 a :  characterized by a noble or kindly spirit :  magnanimous b :  liberal in giving <a generous benefactor> c :  marked by abundance or ample proportions <wide overhangs and generous verandas — Lewis Mumford>

gen·er·ous·ly adverb
gen·er·ous·ness noun

Examples of generous

  1. The school raised the money through donations from generous alumni.

  2. He was generous with both his time and his money.

  3. She has always been very generous toward the poor.

  4. This restaurant is known for its generous portions.

  5. a generous helping of mashed potatoes

  6. She has a generous heart.

  7. He has generous sympathy for unemployed workers.

Origin of generous

Middle French or Latin; Middle French genereus, from Latin generosus, from gener-, genus

First Known Use: 1583

Synonym Discussion of generous

liberal, generous, bountiful, munificent mean giving or given freely and unstintingly. liberal suggests openhandedness in the giver and largeness in the thing or amount given <a teacher liberal with her praise>. generous stresses warmhearted readiness to give more than size or importance of the gift <a generous offer of help>. bountiful suggests lavish, unremitting giving or providing <children spoiled by bountiful presents>. munificent suggests a scale of giving appropriate to lords or princes <a munificent foundation grant>.

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