liberal in giving or sharing; unselfish: a generous patron of the arts; a generous gift.
free from meanness or smallness of mind or character; magnanimous.
large; abundant; ample: a generous portion of pie.
rich or strong in flavor: a generous wine.
fertile; prolific: generous soil.

1580–90; < Middle French généreux < Latin generōsus of noble birth, equivalent to gener- (see gender2) + -ōsus -ous

generously, adverb
generousness, noun
overgenerous, adjective
overgenerously, adverb
quasi-generous, adjective
quasi-generously, adverb
supergenerous, adjective
supergenerously, adverb

1. open-handed, free, unstinting. Generous, charitable, liberal, bountiful, munificent all describe persons who give to others something of value, or the acts of such persons. Generous stresses the warm and sympathetic nature of the giver: a generous gift; generous in praise of the work of others. Charitable places stress on both the goodness and kindness of the giver and the indigence or need of the receiver: charitable assistance to the needy; a charitable person, always willing to help those less fortunate than herself. Liberal in this connection, emphasizes the size of the gift, the largesse and openhandedness of the giver: a liberal contribution to the endowment fund. Bountiful implies effusive, unstinted giving and a sense of abundance or plenty: bountiful and unrestricted support for the museum; a bountiful return for his efforts. Munificent refers to gifts or awards so large and striking as to evoke amazement or admiration: a life income, a truly munificent reward for his loyalty; a munificent contribution, larger by far than any other. 2. high-minded, noble, big. 3. plentiful, copious. 5. fruitful.

1. selfish. 2. mean. 3. meager. 5. barren.
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generous (ˈdʒɛnərəs, ˈdʒɛnrəs)
1.  willing and liberal in giving away one's money, time, etc; munificent
2.  free from pettiness in character and mind
3.  full or plentiful: a generous portion
4.  (of wine) rich in alcohol
5.  (of a soil type) fertile
[C16: via Old French from Latin generōsus nobly born, from genus race; see genus]

overgenerous (ˌəʊvəˈdʒɛnərəs, -ˈdʒɛnrəs)
excessively willing and liberal in giving away one's time, money, etc

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1580s, from M.Fr. généreux (fem. généreuse), from L. generosus "of noble birth," from genus (gen. generis) "race, stock" (see genus). Originally "of noble birth," secondary senses of "unselfish" and "plentiful" were present in French and perhaps in Latin.
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