generous

adjective
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

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Other Words from generous

generously adverb
generousness noun

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Portions are generous: the chicken cutlet comes with sausage, fries, and coleslaw. Faris Mustafa, Travel + Leisure, 12 Sep. 2021 You could be torn about spending, so be conscientious about paying your debts before giving in to the desire to be generous. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 8 Sep. 2021 Major league tickets are expensive, and major league salaries are generous. New York Times, 30 Aug. 2021 Detri Green had a contagious sense of humor and a generous heart, his mom said. Arkansas Online, 31 July 2021 Others are more generous, which could help Democrats eager to finance their $3.5 trillion proposal. Alan Fram, Star Tribune, 24 July 2021 The donor Detri Green had a contagious sense of humor and a generous heart, his mom said. Clare Proctor, The Indianapolis Star, 22 July 2021 Fitting with the theme of giving, your pants should be generous, too. Southern Living, 2 July 2021 In addition to company-wide sustainability efforts and generous support for nonprofits like the United Way, Wegmans stands out for its tireless work to combat food insecurity. David Walters, PEOPLE.com, 1 Sep. 2021

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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

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The first known use of generous was in 1583

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“Generous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/generous. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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generous

adjective

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

generous

adjective
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

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