Definition of generous in English:

generous

adjective

  • 1Showing a readiness to give more of something, especially money, than is strictly necessary or expected:

    ‘a generous benefactor to the University’
    • ‘He was generous with his time, but there was no free ice cream.’
    • ‘He thanked in particular the local councillors who were generous with their allocations.’
    • ‘Nothing wrong ever came of being generous with your money, and he had enough to share.’
    • ‘She was incredibly generous with her money, showering those she loved with gifts.’
    • ‘It's often easy to be generous with your time and talent when you're sure that things are going well.’
    • ‘But he's generous with his time, his anecdotes, and especially his funny voices.’
    • ‘Needless to say I've been very generous with the quantity of feedback.’
    • ‘You are an incredibly kind person, generous with your time and wonderfully talented.’
    • ‘They are so generous with their time and talent and they are always more than willing to help out with causes such as this.’
    • ‘The move would make the 61-year-old tycoon one of Britain's most generous benefactors.’
    • ‘He said residents living in and around Amesbury had always been very generous with their donations.’
    • ‘The school would like to thank all the pupils and parents who were so generous with their donations.’
    • ‘You are asked to please be generous with your donations, which are always appreciated.’
    • ‘"I've knew him to be generous to a fault.’
    • ‘You are generous with family and associates offering praise wherever deserved.’
    • ‘It is generous with rumours and not always scrupulous about sources.’
    • ‘He was very generous with his time and always had a willingness to help others.’
    • ‘He is generous with his time and money, and a principled and loyal friend.’
    • ‘Tom thanked all those that supported the event and those who were so generous with their sponsorship.’
    • ‘Thank you to everyone who's been generous with advice or information.’
    magnanimous, kind, kindly, benevolent, beneficent, altruistic, charitable, philanthropic, noble, lofty, high-minded, big-hearted, honourable, good, unselfish, self-sacrificing, unprejudiced, disinterested
    liberal, lavish, magnanimous, munificent, giving, open-handed, free-handed, bountiful, unselfish, ungrudging, unstinting, unsparing, free, indulgent, prodigal, princely
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    1. 1.1 Showing kindness towards others:
      ‘a generous assessment of his work’
      • ‘Here in Seville, he is as charming, eccentric and as generous of spirit as ever.’
      • ‘He was not just a name in the news, but a friend whose heart was generous and gentle.’
      • ‘To her family she was a loving, kind-hearted and generous mother and grandmother.’
      • ‘He wanted to pay his debts but here was a person too generous to let him.’
      • ‘But perhaps the audience was not feeling so generous.’
      • ‘Tim was noted at all times for his generous, caring and compassionate nature.’
      • ‘We are a decent, open, generous and tolerant society by any objective standard.’
      • ‘"Few people realise how generous she was to the students, " he said.’
      • ‘I suppose I'm being a bit generous with that description too, aren't I?’
      • ‘I think they would have been more generous in their praise of this performance had they heard it.’
      • ‘It was a generous and humane impulse that has brought huge benefits to this country.’
      • ‘She has shown us around the countryside and been so helpful and generous.’
      • ‘Kind, generous and good natured, she was a good friend to many and was devoted to her family.’
      • ‘You talk about helping others and being generous and kind and thoughtful to your fellow human beings and you do it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was a great neighbour and generous friend and his kind nature and good humour endeared him to many.’
      • ‘I've gotten more generous offers in regards to printing and other services than I can count.’
      • ‘Irish people and in particular Westport people have been so very generous in their support for us.’
      • ‘Generous by nature, she was a neighbour and friend of the highest order.’
      kindly, good-natured, kind-hearted, tender-hearted, warm-hearted, soft-hearted, good-hearted, tender, caring, feeling, affectionate, loving, warm, gentle, mellow, mild
      magnanimous, kind, kindly, benevolent, beneficent, altruistic, charitable, philanthropic, noble, lofty, high-minded, big-hearted, honourable, good, unselfish, self-sacrificing, unprejudiced, disinterested
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  • 2(of a thing) larger or more plentiful than is usual or necessary:

    ‘a generous helping of pasta’
    • ‘Her quiche was generous in size and oozing with cheesy-egg and huge chunks of bacon.’
    • ‘From the Scots there was a split verdict, leavened with generous helpings of resignation.’
    • ‘Add a generous seasoning of Maldon sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and they're ready to serve.’
    • ‘Toss the chicken pieces and the peeled cloves of garlic with the olive oil and a generous seasoning of salt and black pepper.’
    • ‘But it was a generous helping and a good beginning to the meal.’
    • ‘All four bedrooms are generous in size with all rooms boasting built-in wardrobes.’
    • ‘Add in the parsley, salt and a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper and toss.’
    • ‘The portions were generous and I found my tuna to be a delight to savour.’
    • ‘There are fabulous monthly draws with superb prizes and the draw also yields the local club generous financial support.’
    • ‘All were consumed all too quickly and left me wanting more because the portions were not overly generous.’
    • ‘The peppered pork fillets were very generous in size and had a thick crust of black pepper, which gave it a real kick.’
    • ‘We were in agreement that the food was good, and the portions generous.’
    • ‘One of Melbourne's miracles is the extraordinarily generous amount of space for players to relax in.’
    • ‘Sprinkle, as you go, with generous pinches of flaky sea salt and vigorous twists of freshly ground black pepper.’
    • ‘This was a very generous portion, of smooth, rich, creamy pate with a sweet onion jam.’
    • ‘Put the oil and vinegar into a small dish, season it with salt (I think you can be quite generous here) and some black pepper.’
    • ‘Put the minced lamb in a bowl, add the peeled and crushed garlic and a generous grinding of salt and black pepper.’
    • ‘Both are bright and generous in size, although neither has built-in storage facilities.’
    • ‘My tuna was generous in size: a huge slab of fawny-brown meat with a mass of ground peppercorns on top.’
    • ‘The ads are clearly labeled, obvious and generous in size.’
    lavish, plentiful, copious, ample, liberal, munificent, bountiful, large, huge, great, abundant, profuse, rich, bumper, flush, overflowing, superabundant, infinite, inexhaustible, opulent, prolific, teeming
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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’.

Pronunciation

generous

/ˈdʒɛn(ə)rəs/