What does generous mean?

Definitions for generous
ˈdʒɛn ər əsgen·er·ous

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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.

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

  2. generousadjective

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

    Thank you for your generous words.

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

  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.

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

  4. generousadjective

    Large, more than ample, copious.

    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. Letitia Elizabeth Landon:

    The good and the generous action of which we feel incapable is a reproach when done by another.

  2. Rob Gifford:

    During these challenging times, the NRAEF's mission to support the industry's workforce is more important than ever, with Guy as our champion and the support of so many generous companies, we can help get our family of restaurant workers back on their feet.

  3. Emmanuel Macron:

    We are the most generous in the world of developed nations. Europe should be proud of itself.

  4. Scott Harrison:

    It should be cool to give. It should be cool to be generous. It should be cool to say yes to helping out.

  5. Hugh Grant:

    Renee loves me and I love Renee. Well, I mean she’s in the same category as Emma Thompson, in terms of lunacy, but an amazing actress of course, and very generous, she once sent me a fabulous huge volume of beautiful photography, including a lot of semi-undressed women. I remember it because I had just landed in Marrakesh … and the book was impounded.

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