generous

  • 1 Generous — Gen er*ous, a. [F. g[ e]n[ e]reux, fr. L. generous of noble birth, noble, excellent, magnanimous, fr. genus birth, race: cf. It. generoso. See 2d {Gender}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of honorable birth or origin; highborn. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The… …

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  • 3 generous — [jen′ər əs] adj. [L generosus, of noble birth, excellent, generous < genus: see GENUS] 1. Obs. of noble birth 2. having qualities attributed to people of noble birth; noble minded; gracious; magnanimous 3. giving or sharing liberally and… …

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  • 4 generous — I adjective altruistic, beneficent, benevolent, big hearted, bountiful, capacious, charitable, chivalrous, copious, decent, donative, gracious, humane, kind, kindly, magnanimous, meritorious, munificent, noble, philanthropic, unselfish, warm… …

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  • 5 generous — 1580s, of noble birth, from M.Fr. généreux, from L. generosus of noble birth, figuratively magnanimous, generous, from genus (gen. generis) race, stock (see GENUS (Cf. genus)). Secondary senses of unselfish (1690s) and plentiful (1610s) were… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 generous — [adj1] giving, big hearted acceptable, altruistic, beneficent, benevolent, big, bounteous, bountiful, charitable, considerate, easy, equitable, excellent, fair, free, good, greathearted, helpful, high minded, honest, honorable, hospitable, just,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 generous — bountiful, bounteous, openhanded, munificent, *liberal, handsome Analogous words: lavish, prodigal, *profuse, exuberant: benevolent, philanthropic, eleemosynary, *charitable, altruistic Antonyms: stingy Contrasted words: close, closefisted,… …

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  • 8 generous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) freely giving more than is necessary or expected. 2) kind towards others. 3) larger or more plentiful than is usual. DERIVATIVES generosity noun generously adverb. ORIGIN originally in the sense «of noble birth»: from Latin… …

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  • 9 generous — gen|er|ous [ dʒen(ə)rəs ] adjective ** 1. ) giving people more of your time or money than is usual or expected: Merton is clearly a warm and generous human being. generous to: Billy was very generous to people who had less than he did. generous… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 10 generous */*/ — UK [ˈdʒenərəs] / US [ˈdʒen(ə)rəs] adjective 1) giving people more of your time or money than is usual or expected Merton is clearly a warm and generous person. generous to: Billy was very generous to people who had less than he did. generous with …

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  • 11 generous — gen|e|rous [ˈdʒenərəs] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: généreux, from Latin generosus born into a high rank , from genus; GENUS] 1.) someone who is generous is willing to give money, spend time etc, in order to help people or give them… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 generous — adjective 1 willing to give money, spend time etc, in order to help people or give them pleasure (+ to): She s always very generous to the kids. | it is generous of sb (to do sth): What lovely presents it s very generous of you! | generous with… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 generous — generously, adv. generousness, n. /jen euhr euhs/, adj. 1. liberal in giving or sharing; unselfish: a generous patron of the arts; a generous gift. 2. free from meanness or smallness of mind or character; magnanimous. 3. large; abundant; ample: a …

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  • 14 generous — [[t]ʤe̱nərəs[/t]] ♦♦♦ 1) ADJ GRADED A generous person gives more of something, especially money, than is usual or expected. German banks are more generous in their lending... The gift is generous by any standards. Ant: mean Derived words:… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 generous — adj. 1) generous in; with (generous with money) 2) generous to + inf. (it was generous of her to contribute such a large sum) * * * [ dʒen(ə)rəs] with (generous with money) generous in generous to + inf. (it was generous of her to contribute such …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 16 generous — 01. My grandmother was a very [generous] person who was always ready to help people in need. 02. David Lam is known for his [generosity] in supporting a number of charitable causes in our province. 03. His family always gives [generously] to… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 17 generous — adj. VERBS ▪ appear, be, feel, seem, sound ▪ become ▪ John s become very generous with the wine! ADVERB …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 18 generous — gen•er•ous [[t]ˈdʒɛn ər əs[/t]] adj. 1) liberal in giving or sharing; unselfish 2) free from meanness or pettiness; magnanimous 3) large; abundant: a generous piece of pie[/ex] 4) rich or strong in flavor: a generous wine[/ex] 5) fertile;… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 generous — adjective 1) she is generous with money Syn: liberal, lavish, magnanimous, munificent, giving, openhanded, free handed, bountiful, unselfish, ungrudging, free, indulgent, prodigal; literary bounteous Ant …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 20 generous*/ — [ˈdʒenərəs] adj 1) giving people more of your time or money than is usual or expected She is a warm and generous human being.[/ex] That s very generous of you.[/ex] 2) larger than is usual or necessary a generous helping of chips[/ex] generously… …

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