willing to give and share unstintingly
"a generous donation"
niggardly, meager, cheap, meagerly, scrimpy, cheeseparing, near, hardfisted, tightfisted, skinny, stingy, close, scrimy, chinchy, tight, grudging, closefisted, mingy, ungenerous, penurious, penny-pinching, meagre, beggarly, parsimonious, mean, meanspirited, miserly, chintzy
not petty in character and mind
"unusually generous in his judgment of people"
ungenerous, hardfisted, chintzy, stingy, mingy, near, chinchy, tight, meanspirited, meagre, penny-pinching, cheeseparing, cheap, tightfisted, scrimpy, parsimonious, closefisted, grudging, beggarly, close, meager, mean, niggardly, penurious, miserly, skinny, scrimy, meagerly
more than adequate
"a generous portion"
mingy, mean, cheeseparing, stingy, tight, close, meager, ungenerous, penny-pinching, chinchy, meanspirited, scrimpy, closefisted, chintzy, cheap, hardfisted, skinny, parsimonious, near, miserly, tightfisted, scrimy, beggarly, penurious, niggardly, meagerly, grudging, meagre
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Generous (Latin genus, a race) primarily signifies having the qualities worthy of noble or honorable birth; hence, free and abundant in giving, giving freely, heartily, and self-sacrificingly. As regards giving, generous refers rather to the self-sacrificing heartiness of the giver, liberal to the amount of the gift; a child may show himself generous in the gift of an apple, a millionaire makes a liberal donation; a generous gift, however, is commonly thought of as both ample and hearty. A munificent gift is vast in amount, whatever the motive of its bestowal. One may be free with another's money; he can be generous only with his own. Disinterested suggests rather the thought of one's own self-denial; generous, of one's hearty interest in another's welfare or happiness. One is magnanimous by a greatness of soul (Latin magnus, great, and animus, soul) that rises above all that is poor, mean, or weak, especially above every petty or ignoble motive or feeling pertaining to one's self, and thus above resentment of injury or insult; one is generous by a kindness of heart that would rejoice in the welfare rather than in the punishment of the offender.
generally unusually inclined to contribute money, time, or other forms of support.
mrs. smith is dependably contributive.
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- كريم, سخيArabic
- generósCatalan, Valencian
- generös, großzügigGerman
- γερός, γενναιόδωροςGreek
- emankor, eskuzabalBasque
- راد, نجیب, بخشندهPersian
- jalosukuinen, anteliasFinnish
- généreux, généreuseFrench
- abbondante, magnanimo, generosoItalian
- nobel, edelboortig, scheutig, vrijgevig, gul, genereus, hooggeboren, grootmoedigDutch
- hojny, szczodryPolish
- generoso, nobre, grande, magnânimo, dadivoso, abundante, digno, mão-abertaPortuguese
- măriminos, generosRomanian
- родовитый, благородный, великодушный, щедрыйRussian
- obìlat, ȉzdāšan, plemènit, velikòdušan, darèžljivSerbo-Croatian
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