What does generous mean?

Definitions for generous
ˈdʒɛn ər əsgen·er·ous

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word generous.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. generousadjective

    willing to give and share unstintingly

    "a generous donation"

  2. generousadjective

    not petty in character and mind

    "unusually generous in his judgment of people"

  3. generousadjective

    more than adequate

    "a generous portion"

Wiktionary

  1. generousadjective

    Of noble birth.

  2. generousadjective

    Noble in behaviour or actions; principled, not petty; kind, magnanimous.

    Thank you for your generous words.

  3. generousadjective

    Willing to give and share unsparingly; showing a readiness to give more (especially money) than is expected or needed.

    She's been extremely generous with her winnings.

  4. generousadjective

    Large, more than ample, copious.

  5. Etymology: From genereux, and its source, generosus, from genus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Generousadjective

    of honorable birth or origin; highborn

  2. Generousadjective

    exhibiting those qualities which are popularly reregarded as belonging to high birth; noble; honorable; magnanimous; spirited; courageous

  3. Generousadjective

    open-handed; free to give; not close or niggardly; munificent; as, a generous friend or father

  4. Generousadjective

    characterized by generosity; abundant; overflowing; as, a generous table

  5. Generousadjective

    full of spirit or strength; stimulating; exalting; as, generous wine

Freebase

  1. Generous

    Generous was an Irish-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse who in 1991 won both the Epsom and the Irish Derby. As a two-year-old he won three of his six races, most notably the Dewhurst Stakes as a 50/1 outsider. He finished fourth in the 2000 Guineas on his three-year-old debut, but showed vastly improved form when moved up to longer distances in summer. In a period of seven weeks he won the Derby by five lengths, the Irish Derby by three lengths and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes by a record seven lengths. His performances established him as one of the outstanding British racehorses of his era. After running poorly in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe he was retired to stud, where his record was disappointing.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Generous

    jen′ėr-us, adj. of a noble nature: courageous: liberal: bountiful: invigorating in its nature, as wine: (obs.) nobly born.—adv. Gen′erously.—ns. Gen′erousness, Generos′ity, nobleness or liberality of nature: (arch.) nobility of birth. [Fr. généreux—L. generosus, of noble birth—genus, birth.]

Editors Contribution

  1. generous

    Willing to contribute, give or share money, skills or time.

    She was a generous soul who contributed to the community in the form of mentoring and volunteering, donated items to the charity shop and shared money with others from her profitable businesses to overseas charities.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 20, 2015  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'generous' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4037

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'generous' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4433

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'generous' in Adjectives Frequency: #534

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of generous in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of generous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of generous in a Sentence

  1. Sterne:

    Only the brave know how to forgive; it is the most refined and generous pitch of virtue human nature can arrive at.

  2. Jeb Bush:

    Mitt Romney was a successful, loving, caring, generous man--and he never showed it, the simple fact is: You're going to get attacked. You have to show who you are first.

  3. Ashley Rackstraw:

    I’m just wanting to thank him, like, all I’m wanting to do is go up to him and give him a hug and tell him ‘thank you.’ That was like really generous of him.

  4. Bill Rogin:

    Lee Ermey was Lee Ermey, and a kind and gentle soul. Lee Ermey was generous to everyone around Lee Ermey. And, Lee Ermey especially cared deeply for others in need, please support your men and women in uniform. That's what Lee Ermey wanted most of all.

  5. Jemma Falkenmire:

    I don’t think anyone will be able to do what he’s done, but certainly we do need people to step into his shoes, he will have to retire in the next couple years, and I guess for us the hope is there will be people who will donate, who will also … have this antibody and become life-savers in the same way he has, and all we can do is hope there will be people out there generous enough to do it, and selflessly in the way he’s done.

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