Definition of generous
1 archaic : highborn
2a : 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
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.
Origin and Etymology of generous
Medieval French or Latin; Medieval 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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