Definition of generous
- a generous benefactor
- wide overhangs and generous verandas
- —Lewis Mumford
- a thin salt-and-pepper moustache interrupted by a generous nose
- —Richard Zabel
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.
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First Known Use: 1583See Words from the same year
: 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
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