overgenerous

adjective

over·​gen·​er·​ous ˌō-vər-ˈje-nə-rəs How to pronounce overgenerous (audio)
-ˈjen-rə-
: excessively generous
Drowning in gifts from overgenerous grandparents? Encourage your child to donate a few to kids who have less. Today's Parent
His usually sympathetic, sometimes overgenerous interpretation of others' motives has been a hallmark of his character at least since his student days. Hendrik Hertzberg
overgenerously adverb
… the notion that the city's workers are overgenerously paid … The Record Searchlight (Redding, California)
In fact, the house salad would have been perfect had not a tart, bottled-tasting dressing been overgenerously ladled on top. Susan Braunstein
overgenerously describes itself as "one of America's greatest newspapers," … The Washington Post

Word History

First Known Use

1719, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overgenerous was in 1719

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“Overgenerous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overgenerous. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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