Definition of generous in English:


Line breaks: gen¦er|ous
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɛn(ə)rəs




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  • He is represented here though less generously than his outrageous behaviour deserves.
  • Why on earth is it that the fans have taken him so instantly, so generously, so warmly to their hearts?
  • In fact, though, the phrase is more commonly and generously used to mean a thing that really is good in parts.


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  • Think of the generousness with which he doles out close-ups to his co-stars.
  • She liked to catch her employees unaware, and would fluctuate between uneconomical generousness and scrupulous economy, possibly just for that purpose.
  • The films seem to get better on each repeated viewing, mainly because they have an almost throwaway generousness of ideas.


late 16th century: via Old French from Latin generosus 'noble, magnanimous', from genus, gener- 'stock, race'. The original sense was 'of noble birth', hence 'characteristic of noble birth, courageous, magnanimous, not mean'.

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