Definition of generous
1 archaic : highborn
2a : characterized by a noble or kindly spirit : magnanimous, kindly a generous heartb : liberal in giving : openhanded a generous benefactorc : 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
The school raised the money through donations from generous alumni.
He was generous with both his time and his money.
She has always been very generous toward the poor.
This restaurant is known for its generous portions.
a generous helping of mashed potatoes
She has a generous heart.
He has generous sympathy for unemployed workers.
Recent Examples of generous from the Web
Firm front seats were adequate for around town, while the generous side bolsters were comforting in sharp turns.
And yet, Mercury has been generous with the secrets of the solar system’s other planets, including our own, thanks to deposits of water ice hiding at its poles.
The electric boom is built on generous government incentives, including exemptions from car-purchase tax and sales tax.
The happy hour here is generous, with discounts on cocktails, beer and wine, plus a special menu from 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays.
The budget proposal is an indication that Trump isn't afraid to end America's long history of generous foreign aid, even though experts warn such a move would be counterproductive.
The ventures are examples of the risky investment strategies that, along with overly generous benefits, led the pension to the brink of insolvency, The Dallas Morning News reports .
A true high-flyer with strength at just 5-foot-10 (and that could be generous), Jacobs went wild in the second half scoring 21 points on a series of drives, jump shots and one very loud windmill dunk.
Jones, a 1963 graduate of Highlands High School who retired from P&G, has made generous donations to support his alma mater and other causes.
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Origin and Etymology of generous
Middle French or Latin; Middle French genereus, from Latin generosus, from gener-, genus
First Known Use: 1583
Synonym Discussion of generous
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
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