Definition of generous in English:

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generous

Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɛn(ə)rəs/

adjective

1Showing a readiness to give more of something, especially money, than is strictly necessary or expected: a generous benefactor to the University
More example sentences
  • She was incredibly generous with her money, showering those she loved with gifts.
  • Nothing wrong ever came of being generous with your money, and he had enough to share.
  • He is generous with his time and money, and a principled and loyal friend.
Synonyms
1.1Showing kindness towards others: a generous assessment of his work
More example sentences
  • Those who wanted to attain success ought to be generous and well disposed towards others.
  • We had a wonderful time and his family and friends were kind and generous toward me.
  • To her family she was a loving, kind-hearted and generous mother and grandmother.
Synonyms
magnanimous, kind, kindly, benevolent, beneficent, altruistic, charitable, philanthropic, noble, lofty, high-minded, big-hearted, honourable, good, unselfish, self-sacrificing, unprejudiced, disinterested
2(Of a thing) larger or more plentiful than is usual or necessary: a generous helping of pasta
More example sentences
  • Add a generous seasoning of Maldon sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and they're ready to serve.
  • Add in the parsley, salt and a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper and toss.
  • Sprinkle, as you go, with generous pinches of flaky sea salt and vigorous twists of freshly ground black pepper.
Synonyms
in plenty, in abundance
informal a gogo, galore
South African informal lank
literary bounteous, plenteous

Derivatives

generousness

noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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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