1. willing to give and share unstintingly
; - Example: "a generous donation"
2. not petty in character and mind
; - Example: "unusually generous in his judgment of people"
3. more than adequate
; - Example: "a generous portion"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.]
1. Of honorable birth or origin; highborn. [Obs.]
The generous and gravest citizens. --Shak.
2. Exhibiting those qualities which are popularly reregarded
as belonging to high birth; noble; honorable; magnanimous;
spirited; courageous. "The generous critic." --Pope. "His
generous spouse." --Pope. "A generous pack [of hounds]."
3. Open-handed; free to give; not close or niggardly;
munificent; as, a generous friend or father.
4. Characterized by generosity; abundant; overflowing; as, a
generous table. --Swift.
5. Full of spirit or strength; stimulating; exalting; as,
Syn: Magnanimous; bountiful. See Liberal. --
Gen"er*ous*ly, adv. -- Gen"er*ous*ness, n.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: willing to give and share unstintingly; "a generous
donation" [ant: stingy, ungenerous]
2: not petty in character and mind; "unusually generous in his
judgment of people" [ant: meanspirited, ungenerous]
3: more than adequate; "a generous portion"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
183 Moby Thesaurus words for "generous":
abounding, abundant, accommodating, affable, affluent, agreeable,
all-sufficing, almsgiving, altruistic, amiable, ample, aplenty,
beneficent, benevolent, benign, benignant, big, bighearted,
blooming, bottomless, bounteous, bountiful, broad, bursting,
bursting out, capacious, charitable, chivalrous, complaisant,
compliant, comprehensive, conciliatory, considerate, copious,
cordial, countless, creative, decent, diffuse, disinterested,
effuse, eleemosynary, elevated, epidemic, exalted, exhaustless,
expansive, extensive, extravagant, exuberant, fair, fat, fecund,
fertile, flourishing, flush, forbearant, forbearing, forgiving,
free, freehanded, freehearted, friendly, fructiferous, fruitful,
full, galore, genial, giving, good, gracious, great,
great of heart, greathearted, handsome, hearty, helpful, heroic,
high, high-minded, honest, hospitable, humane, humanitarian,
idealistic, in plenty, in quantity, indulgent, inexhaustible, kind,
kindhearted, kindly, knightly, large, largehearted, lavish,
lenient, liberal, lofty, long-suffering, longanimous, lush,
luxuriant, magnanimous, many, maximal, much, multitudinous,
munificent, neighborly, noble, noble-minded, numerous, obliging,
open, open-handed, openhanded, openhearted, opulent, overflowing,
overindulgent, overpermissive, patient, permissive, philanthropic,
placable, plenitudinous, plenteous, plentiful, plenty, pregnant,
prevailing, prevalent, princely, prodigal, productive, profuse,
profusive, proliferous, prolific, rampant, receptive, replete,
rich, rife, riotous, running over, seminal, spacious, sparing,
stintless, sublime, superabundant, swarming, teeming, thoughtful,
thriving, tolerant, tolerating, uberous, ungrudging, unprejudiced,
unresentful, unrevengeful, unselfish, unsparing, unstinted,
unstinting, voluminous, warm, warmhearted, wealthy, welcoming,
welfare, welfare statist, welfarist, well-found, well-furnished,
well-provided, well-stocked, wholesale, wide, willing
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
GENEROUS, adj. Originally this word meant noble by birth and was
rightly applied to a great multitude of persons. It now means noble
by nature and is taking a bit of a rest.