Generous etymology


English word generous comes from Proto-Indo-European *ǵenh₃-, Proto-Indo-European *genes-, and later Proto-Indo-European *ǵénh₁os (Race, lineage.)

Etymology of generous

Detailed word origin of generous

Dictionary entry Language Definition
*ǵenh₃- Proto-Indo-European (ine)
*genes- Proto-Indo-European (ine)
*ǵénh₁os Proto-Indo-European (ine) Race, lineage.
*genos Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Lineage, origin.
generis Latin (lat)
generosus Latin (lat) (figuratively) dignified, honorable. (figuratively) generous, magnanimous. Superior, excellent. Well-born, noble.
genereux Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) (frm) Generous.
generous English (en) (obsolete) Of noble birth. [16th-19th c.]. Large, more than ample, copious. [from 17th c.]. Noble in behaviour or actions; principled, not petty; kind, magnanimous. [from 16th c.]. Willing to give and share unsparingly; showing a readiness to give more (especially money) than is expected or needed. [from 17th c.].

Words with the same origin as generous

Descendants of *genes-

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