Generous definition

jĕnər-əs
Liberal in giving or sharing.
adjective
28
6
Showing kindness and magnanimity.

It was generous of him to mention us in his remarks.

adjective
23
6
(obs.) Of noble birth.
adjective
11
4
Full-flavored and strong.
adjective
7
2
(obsolete) Of noble lineage.
adjective
7
4
Advertisement
Giving or sharing liberally and willingly; openhanded.
adjective
5
2
Marked by abundance; ample.

A generous slice of cake.

adjective
4
1
Having a rich bouquet and flavor.

A generous wine.

adjective
4
1
Having qualities attributed to people of noble birth; noble-minded; gracious; magnanimous.
adjective
3
1
Large; ample.

Generous portions of food.

adjective
3
1
Advertisement
Rich in yield; fertile.
adjective
2
2
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.

adjective
0
0
Large, more than ample, copious. [from 17th c.]
adjective
0
0
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.

adjective
0
1
Noble in behaviour or actions; principled, not petty; kind, magnanimous. [from 16th c.]

Thank you for your generous words.

adjective
0
1
Advertisement

Origin of generous

  • French genereux of noble birth, magnanimous from Latin generōsus from genus gener- birth genə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French genereux, and its source, Latin generōsus (“of noble birth”), from genus (“race, stock”).

    From Wiktionary