adjective gen·er·ous \ ˈjen-rəs , ˈje-nə- \
|Updated on: 15 Jul 2018

Definition of generous

1 archaic : highborn
2 a : characterized by a noble or kindly spirit : magnanimous, kindly
  • a generous heart
b : liberal in giving : openhanded
  • a generous benefactor
c : marked by abundance or ample proportions
  • wide overhangs and generous verandas
  • —Lewis Mumford
: copious
  • a thin salt-and-pepper moustache interrupted by a generous nose
  • —Richard Zabel





Examples of generous in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of generous

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

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

GENEROUS Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of generous for English Language Learners

  • : 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

GENEROUS Defined for Kids


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

Definition of generous for Students

1 : freely giving or sharing
  • She was generous with her time.
2 : providing more than enough of what is needed : abundant
  • a generous supply



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