- liberal in giving or sharing; unselfish: a generous patron of the arts; a generous gift.
- free from meanness or smallness of mind or character; magnanimous.
- large; abundant; ample: a generous portion of pie.
- rich or strong in flavor: a generous wine.
- fertile; prolific: generous soil.
Origin of generous
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Examples from the Web for generous
But equally as important, he was a great guy, and a kind and generous friend.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
In the Senate, the Democrats passed the budget 56-40 with the generous aid of 24 Republicans.Congress’ Gift That Keeps on Giving
P. J. O’Rourke
December 20, 2014
But this is the most generous interpretation, and, I suspect, the one least likely to be internalized by young fans.Is This Country Star the New Wendy Davis?
November 8, 2014
Roger Williams lured them with private plane rides, generous consulting contracts and even cash, interviews and records show.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 3, 2014
During our interview, he was intense, fast, generous with his time, and thoughtful and expansive with his answers.Daniel Radcliffe: I’m Richer Than One Direction
October 24, 2014
He looked absently at the sandwich, and bit a generous semicircle into it.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The offer was thankfully accepted, and the generous merchant was as good as his word.Brave and Bold
But he was a generous man and all meanness of spirit was foreign to his soul.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
She made no complaint of him, and even spoke of him as generous.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
They take not, I own, the right method with so generous a spirit.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
- willing and liberal in giving away one's money, time, etc; munificent
- free from pettiness in character and mind
- full or plentifula generous portion
- (of wine) rich in alcohol
- (of a soil type) fertile
Word Origin and History for generous
1580s, "of noble birth," from Middle French généreux, from Latin generosus "of noble birth," figuratively "magnanimous, generous," from genus (genitive generis) "race, stock" (see genus). Secondary senses of "unselfish" (1690s) and "plentiful" (1610s) were present in French and in Latin. Related: Generously; generousness.