- 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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Antonyms for generous
Related Words for overgenerouslavish, careless, extravagant, destructive, reckless, profligate, cavalier, immoderate, improvident, incontinent, liberal, overdone, prodigal, profuse, ruinous, spendthrift, wanton, wild, unthrifty, dissipative
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Historical Examples of overgenerous
How did she know that generosity even among the overgenerous was infectious?Mrs. Raffles
John Kendrick Bangs
On it there was a diminutive pancake which had made itself from the drippings of an overgenerous spoonful.The Wrong Woman
Charles D. Stewart
Literature is not an overgenerous paymaster, and with a growing family expenses tend to increase in a larger ratio than income.A Backward Glance at Eighty
Charles A. Murdock
"Nature was overgenerous with that young lady," Farrel decided, as he made his way up to the smoking-car.The Pride of Palomar
Peter B. Kyne
- excessively willing and liberal in giving away one's time, money, etc
- 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 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.