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generous

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of generous

  1. 1 giving or sharing in abundance and without hesitation a civic leader who is very generous with his money and time Synonyms of generous bighearted, bounteous, bountiful, charitable, free, freehanded, freehearted, fulsome, liberal, munificent, open, openhanded, unselfish, unsparing, unstinting Words Related to generous extravagant, handsome, lavish, overgenerous, profuse; altruistic, beneficent, benevolent, hospitable, humanitarian, philanthropic (also philanthropical); big, greathearted, largehearted, magnanimous, openhearted; compassionate, good-hearted, kind, kindly, samaritan, sympathetic Near Antonyms of generous mean, petty, small; frugal, spare, sparing, thrifty; chary, stinting; acquisitive, avaricious, avid, coveting, covetous, desirous, grasping, hoggish, itchy, mercenary, rapacious; begrudging, envious, grudging, resentful Antonyms of generous cheap, close, closefisted, costive, illiberal [archaic], mingy, miserly, niggardly, parsimonious, penurious, selfish, stingy, stinting, tight, tightfisted, uncharitable, ungenerous

  2. 2 being more than enough without being excessive mashed potatoes with a generous serving of butter Synonyms of generous abundant, ample, aplenty, bounteous, bountiful, comfortable, cornucopian, galore, plentiful, liberal, plenteous, plentyWords Related to generous extra, supernumerary, surplus; abounding, blooming, overflowing, plump, replete, rich, rife, teeming, wealthy; adequate, enough, sufficient; fat, fecund, fertile, fruitful, luxuriant, prodigal, prolific; copious, fulsome, lavish, profuseNear Antonyms of generous deficient, inadequate, insufficient, lacking, wanting; meager (or meagre), niggardly, stingy; skimpy; least, minimum; light, slight, small; barren, infertile, sterile, unfruitful, unproductiveAntonyms of generous bare, minimal, scant, spare

Synonym Discussion of 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

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