- 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 generously
As Johnson generously observes, “If any dog had a right to mark its new territory, it was Churchill.”Boris Johnson’s Churchill Man Crush
Michael F. Bishop
November 22, 2014
At the below concert, he generously gave his microphone to an audience member in a wheelchair.Kanye West Stops Concert to Yell at Kid in Wheelchair, 'Stand Up!'
September 14, 2014
If the grad goes on to fame and riches you can take credit for generously providing the book that made all of the difference.10 Terrible Gift Ideas for Graduates From Dilbert Creator Scott Adams
May 17, 2014
He generously and cleverly gives them two, one piggybacking on the other.The Canadian Faulkner
June 24, 2013
Yet what he found at the end was the profound peace of the life well lived, and of love gained because so generously given.Peter Worthington, 1927-2013
May 13, 2013
She had always paid him generously for the numerous errands he had run for her.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
He was fond of his wife as a man should be—that is, generously.The Secret Agent
Generously enough, indeed, were I to be his; and had given him to believe that I would.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
"I'll be mighty glad to see you home, Josie," he assured her generously, turning.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
But he had offered his services, and he gave them generously.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
- 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 generously
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.