Etymology
Advertisement

generous (adj.)

1580s, "of noble birth," from French généreux (14c.), from Latin generosus "of noble birth," figuratively "magnanimous, generous," from genus (genitive generis) "race, stock" (from PIE root *gene- "give birth, beget," with derivatives referring to procreation and familial and tribal groups). Secondary senses of "unselfish" (1690s) and "plentiful" (1610s) in English were present in French and in Latin. Related: Generously; generousness.

updated on December 07, 2020

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of generous from WordNet

generous (adj.)
willing to give and share unstintingly;
a generous donation
generous (adj.)
not petty in character and mind;
unusually generous in his judgment of people
generous (adj.)
more than is usual or necessary;
a generous portion
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.