- The definition of generous is kind and giving, or a large amount.
- An example of generous is a small business giving their employees an end of year bonus.
- An example of generous is a plate piled high with food.
A generous amount of food.
- Obsolete of noble birth
- having qualities attributed to people of noble birth; noble-minded; gracious; magnanimous
- giving or sharing liberally and willingly; openhanded
- large; ample: generous portions
- rich in yield; fertile
- full-flavored and strong: said of wine
Origin of generousClassical Latin generosus, of noble birth, excellent, generous ; from genus: see genus
- Liberal in giving or sharing. See Synonyms at liberal.
- Showing kindness and magnanimity: It was generous of him to mention us in his remarks.
- Marked by abundance; ample: a generous slice of cake.
- Having a rich bouquet and flavor: a generous wine.
- Obsolete Of noble lineage.
Origin of generousFrench genereux, of noble birth, magnanimous, from Latin generōsus, from genus, gener-, birth; see gen&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more generous, superlative most generous)
- Noble in behaviour or actions; principled, not petty; kind, magnanimous. [from 16th c.]
- Thank you for your generous words.
- Willing to give and share unsparingly; showing a readiness to give more (especially money) than is expected or needed. [from 17th c.]
- She's been extremely generous with her winnings.
- Large, more than ample, copious. [from 17th c.]