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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from generous

generously adverb
generousness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 Nicole O'Brien was also generous with doling out faux lash tips. Thatiana Diaz,, "Too Hot To Handle Star Francesca Farago Says The Cast Shared This £19 Lip Plumper," 5 May 2020 When there’s so much doubt and uncertainty in the world, being generous to yourself is important. Graham Averill, Outside Online, "How This 46-Year-Old Kayaker Finds Balance in Chaos," 1 May 2020 This is also a time to be extra generous with our tips--providing, of course, that your own financial means still allow. The Washington Post, "Q&A: Thomas Farley, Mister Manners, on etiquette in the age of coronavirus," 9 Apr. 2020 Find a way to be generous to others, Miller recommended. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How you can cope with coronavirus when you're isolated: Slow down, serve others and learn from the past," 6 Apr. 2020 Casey Ellis, cofounder and CTO of Bugcrowd, says his company encourages its customers to be generous in their disclosure terms and pushes clients to minimize restrictions. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "‘Security Botox’ or ‘amazingly successful’? Inside the battle to patch bug bounties’ biggest vulnerability," 31 Mar. 2020 Vice Mayor Kahlil Seren also asked residents to be generous in helping out employees who normally rely on tips as part of their pay. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Cleveland Heights City Council invokes local state of emergency -- but with free parking (Corrected)," 17 Mar. 2020 Alabama’s churchgoers have traditionally been among the most generous charitable givers in the country. al, "Churches turn to online giving as collection plates gather dust," 28 Apr. 2020 This is what the plans look like, ranked from most generous to least. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Out of work, but not unemployed: how much Europe is paying its idled workers," 23 Apr. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'generous.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about generous

Time Traveler for generous

Time Traveler

The first known use of generous was in 1583

See more words from the same year

Statistics for generous

Last Updated

19 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Generous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for generous


How to pronounce generous (audio)

English Language Learners 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


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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on generous

What made you want to look up generous? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!