generous Definition

  • 1showing a readiness to give more of something, especially money, than is strictly necessary or expected
  • 2larger or more plentiful than is usual or necessary

Using generous: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "generous" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He was very generous with his time and money.

  • Example

    She gave us a generous portion of food.

  • Example

    The company offers generous benefits to its employees.

  • Example

    He has a generous heart.

generous Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using generous

  • a time of year when people are more likely to be charitable or giving, typically around holidays or special occasions


    During the generous season, many people donate money to help those in need.

  • a person who is naturally kind and giving


    She was a generous soul who always put others before herself.

  • an amount of money given to a service worker that is more than the usual or expected amount


    He left a generous tip for the waiter who provided excellent service.

Phrases with generous

  • so generous that it becomes a fault or flaw


    She is generous to a fault, often giving away all her money to charity.

  • an offer that is more favorable or advantageous than expected


    The company made a generous offer to buy out the smaller competitor.

  • a large or ample portion of food


    The waiter served us a generous helping of mashed potatoes.

Origins of generous

from Latin 'generosus', meaning 'of noble birth'


Summary: generous in Brief

The term 'generous' [ˈdʒɛnərəs] describes a readiness to give more than is expected, whether in terms of money, time, or other resources. It can also refer to something that is larger or more plentiful than usual. Examples include 'He was very generous with his time and money.' and 'The company offers generous benefits to its employees.' Phrases like 'generous to a fault' and idioms like 'a generous soul' highlight the extent of generosity, while 'a generous tip' denotes an amount beyond the usual.

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