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. generous(adj)

    willing to give and share unstintingly

    "a generous donation"

  2. generous(adj)

    not petty in character and mind

    "unusually generous in his judgment of people"

  3. generous(adj)

    more than adequate

    "a generous portion"

Wiktionary

  1. generous(Adjective)

    Of noble birth.

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

  2. generous(Adjective)

    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. generous(Adjective)

    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. generous(Adjective)

    Large, more than ample, copious.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Generous(adj)

    of honorable birth or origin; highborn

  2. Generous(adj)

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

  3. Generous(adj)

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

  4. Generous(adj)

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

  5. Generous(adj)

    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

How to pronounce generous?

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How to say generous in sign language?

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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. Fannie Martin-Williams:

    He was a kind, generous man. He was a hard-working man, everyone respected him. He loved his church; he loved his community; he loved his family. ... He met no strangers. And he left no task undone.

  2. Mike Causey:

    Generous insurance benefits and lump sum payments with few restrictions on out-of-network providers are a real problem that needs to be addressed by health insurers and legislators, the current system makes it way too easy for fraud to be committed and lives to be destroyed. The issue regarding how insurers use contract provisions to prohibit Assignment of Benefits is under review. Our goal is to establish guidelines that will protect the consumer while allowing insurers the ability to control health care costs. Our concern is provisions like these can be exploited and we are researching ways to address this issue.

  3. Joe Biden:

    We are seeing the soul of America now. Take a look at what is happening. Everywhere you look, you see people reaching out to help The American people, this is an incredible nation. The American people are generous, decent, good, fair, bright, and it makes you so proud to be an American.

  4. Author Unknown:

    It is usually best to be generous with praise, but cautious with criticism.

  5. Yet Johnson:

    For me, it's all about driving. The fairways are generous in some spots. Some holes are narrow. But you've got to hit the fairways here, the rough is pretty penal. It's not super deep, but it's just really thick, and you've just got to drive it straight. I like the golf course. It sets up well for me. I feel like I can drive it good around here.

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