from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Liberal in giving or sharing. See Synonyms at liberal.
  • adj. Characterized by nobility and forbearance in thought or behavior; magnanimous.
  • adj. Marked by abundance; ample: a generous slice of cake.
  • adj. Having a rich bouquet and flavor: a generous wine.
  • adj. Obsolete Of noble lineage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of honorable birth or origin; highborn.
  • adj. Exhibiting those qualities which are popularly reregarded as belonging to high birth; noble; honorable; magnanimous; spirited; courageous.
  • adj. Open-handed; free to give; not close or niggardly; munificent.
  • adj. Characterized by generosity; abundant; overflowing.
  • adj. Full of spirit or strength; stimulating; exalting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Being of noble or honorable birth or origin; well-born.
  • Possessed of or showing blood or breeding; spirited; courageous; thoroughbred.
  • Noble in character or quality; honorable; magnanimous.
  • Liberal; bountiful; munificent: as, a generous giver or gift.
  • Strong; full of spirit: as, generous wine.
  • Full; overflowing; abundant: as, a generous cup; a generous table.
  • Synonyms Magnanimous, etc. (see noble); high-minded.
  • Open-handed; free-handed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. more than adequate
  • adj. not petty in character and mind
  • adj. willing to give and share unstintingly


French genereux, of noble birth, magnanimous, from Latin generōsus, from genus, gener-, birth; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French genereux, and its source, Latin generōsus ("of noble birth"), from genus ("race, stock"). (Wiktionary)


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