gen·​er·​ous | \ ˈjen-rəs How to pronounce generous (audio) , ˈje-nə- \

Definition of generous

1a : liberal in giving : openhanded a generous benefactor
b : 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
c : characterized by a noble or kindly spirit : magnanimous, kindly a generous heart
2 archaic : highborn

Other Words from generous

generously adverb
generousness noun

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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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The company was founded in 2014 and has a history of being one of the most generous businesses within the sector. The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 May 2022 Second, Japan created one of the developed world’s most generous benefit systems: 12 months of leave for both mothers and fathers, with two-thirds of pay for the first six months and fifty percent of pay for the rest. Kathy Matsui, Fortune, 10 May 2022 Saatva recently extended their 180-night trial period, to a 365-night trial period, which is notably one of the most generous offers by any mattress company. Heath Owens, Good Housekeeping, 9 May 2022 Massachusetts has also made clean energy a priority, establishing some of the most generous incentives for solar projects in the nation., 5 May 2022 Good Enough, a then-23-year-old Drake offers what remains the most generous access into his interior life. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 30 Apr. 2022 Georgia enjoys a booming productions landscape thanks to boasting the country’s most generous film and TV tax incentive program. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Apr. 2022 Workers offered the most generous sick pay take the most absences, and those offered the least, take the least. Megan Carnegie, Wired, 31 Mar. 2022 But even the most generous estimates suggest Caracas could only ramp up to about 15 percent of Saudi Arabia’s current output in the medium-term. Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of generous

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for generous

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

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“Generous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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gen·​er·​ous | \ ˈje-nə-rəs How to pronounce generous (audio) , ˈjen-rəs \

Kids Definition of generous

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

Other Words from generous

generously adverb

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