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generous

adjective

  1. (willing, give, share)  willing to give and share unstintingly
    Similar to: benevolent, big-hearted, lavish, unselfish. Described by: generosity
  2. (not petty, character)  not petty in character and mind
    Similar to: big, ungrudging
  3. (ample)  more than adequate
    Similar to: ample

Etymology summary

"of noble birth", from Middle French généreux, from Latin generosus "of noble...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

generous | munificent [synonym, sense-specific] | generously [adverb, derived]

willing and liberal in giving away one's money, time, etc; munificent | free from pettiness in character and mind | full or plentiful | (of wine) rich ... (24 of 516 words, 5 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Merriam-Webster:

generous | magnanimous [synonym, sense-specific] | copious [synonym, sense-specific] | highborn [synonym, sense-specific] | openhanded [synonym, sense-specific] | kindly [synonym, sense-specific] | bighearted [synonym, sense-specific] | bounteous [synonym, sense-specific] | bountiful [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[archaic] "highborn" | characterized by a noble or forbearing spirit; "magnanimous", "kindly" ; liberal in giving; "openhanded" ; marked by abundance ... (20 of 234 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/generous

Macmillan British Dictionary:

generous | generously [adverb, related]

giving people more of your time or money than is usual or expected ; a ... | a generous amount is larger than is usual or necessary | kind, friendly, ... (28 of 160 words, 3 definitions, 13 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/generous

Oxford Dictionary:

generous | generously [derived] | generousness [derived]

showing a readiness to give more of something, especially money, than is strictly necessary or expected | showing kindness towards others | [things] ... (21 of 110 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/generous

Wikipedia:

Generous [disambiguation]

an adjective form of generosity. Generous may also refer to: Generous (horse), an Irish thoroughbred racehorse | Generous Stakes, an American thoroughbred horse race | Matt Generous (born 1985), an American ice hockey defenseman | The Generous, a... (35 of 98 words, 5 definitions)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

generous | generously [adverb, related] | generousness [noun, related]

Liberal in giving or sharing. | Characterized by nobility and forbearance in thought or behavior; magnanimous. | Marked by abundance; ample | Having a ... (21 of 67 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

generous [entry 1] | generously [adverb, derived]

willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected (14 of 59 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/generous 1

generous [entry 2] | generously [adverb, derived]

larger than usual or expected (5 of 22 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/generous 2

Random House Dictionary:

generous

liberal in giving or sharing; unselfish. | free from meanness or smallness of mind or character; magnanimous. | large; abundant; ample. | rich or ... (21 of 56 words, 5 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/generous

Wiktionary:

generous | open-handed

[obsolete] Of noble birth. | Noble in behaviour or actions; principled, not petty; kind, magnanimous. | Willing to give and share unsparingly; showing a readiness to give more (especially money) than is expected or needed. | Large, more than ample, ... (37 of 55 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

generous | generously [adverb, related] | generousness [noun, related]

[obsolete] of noble birth | having qualities attributed to people of noble birth; noble-minded; gracious; magnanimous | giving or sharing liberally ... (19 of 53 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

generous

willing to give money, help, or time freely | having or showing nobility of character | pleasingly large in size or quantity | describes wine that is ... (24 of 226 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861674840​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

generous

First use: 1580s

Origin: "of noble birth", from Middle French généreux, from Latin generosus "of noble birth", figuratively "magnanimous, generous", from ... (18 of 38 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

generous

First use: late 16th century

Origin: Old French from Latin generosus "noble, magnanimous", from genus, gener- "stock, race". The original sense was "of noble birth", ... (22 of 31 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/generous

American Heritage Dictionary:

generous

Origin: French genereux, of noble birth, magnanimous, from Latin generōsus, from genus, gener-, birth; see genə- in Indo-European roots.

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Collins Dictionary:

generous

First use: 16th century

Origin: via Old French from Latin generōsus nobly born, from genus race; see genus

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/generous

Wiktionary:

generous

Origin: Middle French genereux, and its source, Latin generōsus ("of noble birth"), from genus ("race, stock").

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Merriam-Webster:

generous

First use: 1583

Origin: Middle French or Latin; Middle French genereus, from Latin generosus, from gener-, genus

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New World Dictionary:

generous

Origin: Latin generosus, of noble birth, excellent, generous from genus: see "genus"

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Encarta Dictionary:

generous

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: French généreux from Latin generosus "of noble birth" from genus "race, birth"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861674840​/definition​.html  [offline]

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Collins Dictionary:

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

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Cambridge Dictionary:

generous [entry 1]

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the Free Dictionary:

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Google Dictionary:

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

generous

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YourDictionary Audio:

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