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1. Liberal in giving or sharing. See Synonyms at liberal.
2. Showing kindness and magnanimity: It was generous of him to mention us in his remarks.
3. Marked by abundance; ample: a generous slice of cake.
4. Having a rich bouquet and flavor: a generous wine.
5. Obsolete Of noble lineage.

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

gen′er·ous·ly adv.
gen′er·ous·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.generousness - the trait of being willing to give your money or timegenerousness - the trait of being willing to give your money or time
charitableness - generosity as manifested by practicing charity (as for the poor or unfortunate)
bounteousness, bounty - generosity evidenced by a willingness to give freely
bigheartedness - the quality of being kind and generous
liberality, liberalness - the trait of being generous in behavior and temperament
unselfishness - the quality of not putting yourself first but being willing to give your time or money or effort etc. for others; "rural people show more devotion and unselfishness than do their urban cousins"
kindness - the quality of being warmhearted and considerate and humane and sympathetic




(of portion, supply)Reichlichkeit f
References in classic literature ?
"You are so big and generous that you challenge me to equal generousness. I'm not marrying, and I'm not - well, loving without marrying, though I've done my share of that in the past.
Skiff Miller shook his head, no longer belligerent, but kindly, quick to be generous in response to generousness.
The Sports Activity Vehicle embodies a new understanding of luxury, in which presence, exclusiveness and generousness go hand in hand with supreme sportiness and off-road performance.