Definition of generous in English:

generous

adjective

  • 1(of a person) showing a readiness to give more of something, as money or time, than is strictly necessary or expected.

    ‘she was generous with her money’
    • ‘You are an incredibly kind person, generous with your time and wonderfully talented.’
    • ‘He was generous with his time, but there was no free ice cream.’
    • ‘You are generous with family and associates offering praise wherever deserved.’
    • ‘He is generous with his time and money, and a principled and loyal friend.’
    • ‘"I've knew him to be generous to a fault.’
    • ‘The school would like to thank all the pupils and parents who were so generous with their donations.’
    • ‘They are so generous with their time and talent and they are always more than willing to help out with causes such as this.’
    • ‘It's often easy to be generous with your time and talent when you're sure that things are going well.’
    • ‘It is generous with rumours and not always scrupulous about sources.’
    • ‘The move would make the 61-year-old tycoon one of Britain's most generous benefactors.’
    • ‘He thanked in particular the local councillors who were generous with their allocations.’
    • ‘Needless to say I've been very generous with the quantity of feedback.’
    • ‘She was incredibly generous with her money, showering those she loved with gifts.’
    • ‘But he's generous with his time, his anecdotes, and especially his funny voices.’
    • ‘You are asked to please be generous with your donations, which are always appreciated.’
    • ‘Thank you to everyone who's been generous with advice or information.’
    • ‘He said residents living in and around Amesbury had always been very generous with their donations.’
    • ‘Tom thanked all those that supported the event and those who were so generous with their sponsorship.’
    • ‘Nothing wrong ever came of being generous with your money, and he had enough to share.’
    • ‘He was very generous with his time and always had a willingness to help others.’
    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. 1.1Showing kindness toward others.
      ‘it was generous of them to ask her along’
      • ‘He was a great neighbour and generous friend and his kind nature and good humour endeared him to many.’
      • ‘But perhaps the audience was not feeling so generous.’
      • ‘We are a decent, open, generous and tolerant society by any objective standard.’
      • ‘Those who wanted to attain success ought to be generous and well disposed towards others.’
      • ‘I think they would have been more generous in their praise of this performance had they heard it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was a generous and humane impulse that has brought huge benefits to this country.’
      • ‘I've gotten more generous offers in regards to printing and other services than I can count.’
      • ‘She has shown us around the countryside and been so helpful and generous.’
      • ‘Tim was noted at all times for his generous, caring and compassionate nature.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You talk about helping others and being generous and kind and thoughtful to your fellow human beings and you do it.’
      • ‘"Few people realise how generous she was to the students, " he said.’
      • ‘Generous by nature, she was a neighbour and friend of the highest order.’
      • ‘We had a wonderful time and his family and friends were kind and generous toward me.’
      • ‘Irish people and in particular Westport people have been so very generous in their support for us.’
      • ‘Kind, generous and good natured, she was a good friend to many and was devoted to her family.’
      • ‘I suppose I'm being a bit generous with that description too, aren't I?’
    2. 1.2(of a thing) larger or more plentiful than is usual or necessary.
      ‘a generous sprinkle of pepper’
      • ‘My tuna was generous in size: a huge slab of fawny-brown meat with a mass of ground peppercorns on top.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But it was a generous helping and a good beginning to the meal.’
      • ‘Add in the parsley, salt and a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper and toss.’
      • ‘All four bedrooms are generous in size with all rooms boasting built-in wardrobes.’
      • ‘Both are bright and generous in size, although neither has built-in storage facilities.’
      • ‘The ads are clearly labeled, obvious and generous in size.’
      • ‘Her quiche was generous in size and oozing with cheesy-egg and huge chunks of bacon.’
      • ‘The peppered pork fillets were very generous in size and had a thick crust of black pepper, which gave it a real kick.’
      • ‘Add a generous seasoning of Maldon sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and they're ready to serve.’
      • ‘Put the minced lamb in a bowl, add the peeled and crushed garlic and a generous grinding of salt and black pepper.’
      • ‘From the Scots there was a split verdict, leavened with generous helpings of resignation.’
      • ‘We were in agreement that the food was good, and the portions generous.’
      • ‘There are fabulous monthly draws with superb prizes and the draw also yields the local club generous financial support.’
      • ‘The portions were generous and I found my tuna to be a delight to savour.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Toss the chicken pieces and the peeled cloves of garlic with the olive oil and a generous seasoning of salt and black pepper.’
      • ‘All were consumed all too quickly and left me wanting more because the portions were not overly generous.’

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 (a sense already present in Latin).

Pronunciation:

generous

/ˈjen(ə)rəs/