- 1Showing a readiness to give more of something, especially money, than is strictly necessary or expected: a generous benefactor to the UniversityMore 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.
- 1.1Showing kindness towards others: a generous assessment of his workMore 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.
- 2(Of a thing) larger or more plentiful than is usual or necessary: a generous helping of pastaMore example sentences
lavish, plentiful, copious, ample, liberal, munificent, bountiful, large, huge, great, abundant, profuse, rich, bumper, flush, overflowing, superabundant, infinite, inexhaustible, opulent, prolific, teeming; in plenty, in abundance• informal a gogo, galoreSouth African • informal lank
- 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.
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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'.