copious

adjective
co·​pi·​ous | \ ˈkō-pē-əs \

Definition of copious

1a : yielding something abundantly a copious harvest copious springs
b : plentiful in number copious references to other writers
2a : full of thought, information, or matter … Shakespeare, whose soul was so copious— Gilbert Highet
b : profuse or exuberant in words, expression, or style a copious talker
3 : present in large quantity : taking place on a large scale copious weeping copious food and drink

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Other Words from copious

copiously adverb
copiousness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for copious

Synonyms

galore, gushing, lavish, profuse, riotous

Antonyms

dribbling, trickling

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plentiful, ample, abundant, copious mean more than sufficient without being excessive. plentiful implies a great or rich supply. peaches are plentiful this summer ample implies a generous sufficiency to satisfy a particular requirement. ample food to last the winter abundant suggests an even greater or richer supply than does plentiful. streams abundant with fish copious stresses largeness of supply rather than fullness or richness. copious examples of bureaucratic waste

What's the Difference Between copious, ample, and plentiful?

Copious derives from Latin copia ("abundance"), which in turn combines the prefix co- and ops ("wealth" or "power"). "Copious" and "opulent" (also from "ops"), along with "ample," "plentiful," and "abundant," all mean "more than sufficient." "Ample" implies a generous sufficiency to satisfy a particular requirement ("ample proof"). "Copious" puts emphasis upon largeness of supply more than on fullness or richness ("copious toasts to the bride and groom"). "Plentiful" implies a rich, and usually more than sufficient, supply ("a plentiful supply of textbooks"). "Abundant" suggests a greater or richer supply than "plentiful" does ("moved by the abundant offers to help"). But use "opulent" when the supply is both abundant and infused with a richness that allows an extra measure of gratification ("the opulent blossoms of the cherry trees").

Examples of copious in a Sentence

It was no surprise that spin was more copious than ever during the election campaign. — Michael Kinsley, Time, 25 Dec. 2000–1 Jan. 2001 These pockets of melted rock are rich in silica and release copious amounts of volatile gases that are held under high pressures. — Sandra Blakeslee, New York Times, 7 Apr. 1998 … travelers grew accustomed to having copious helpings of meat when they visited Quimper's inn. — James A. Michener, Texas, 1985 The Constants—ignorant, vulgar, and brash—had copious quantities of dumb luck. — Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., The Sirens Of Titan, 1959 The storm produced a copious amount of rain. She sat in the front row and took copious notes during the lecture.
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No one in the building was hurt, luckily, and the fire was extinguished, but copious amounts of water had seeped through the walls. Lonnie Firestone, Glamour, "It Took a Fire in My Building to Understand Marie Kondo's Method," 15 Jan. 2019 The simple trick certainly seems to work for the Duchess, who always appears composed and poised during her copious public engagements. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Has a Simple Strategy for Battling Shyness," 11 Jan. 2019 From the slow-motion flag-waving to the copious explosions and visually incomprehensible CG action, the series has become the ultimate expression of Bay’s idiosyncratic style. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Bumblebee proves Transformers movies can actually be resonant and emotional," 20 Dec. 2018 My childhood version of 刮痧 (gua sha) involved soup spoons, loose change, and copious amounts of Tiger Balm, which is significantly different from what influencers are currently posting on their feeds. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "Exactly How to Use the Gua Sha and Jade Roller Tools Instagram Users Are Obsessed With," 4 Jan. 2019 Getty ImagesJames Devaney Ah, the holidays. At time for family, friends, copious amounts of baked goods, and classic songs that range from adorably corny to uncomfortably cringe-y. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Miley Cyrus Gives Christmas Classic "Santa Baby" a Much-Needed Feminist Update," 22 Dec. 2018 The bar, decorated in copious amounts of wine-red velvet, serves food all day and hosts live music performances at night, while the dinner-only restaurant is set to open in November. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "The New NoMad Las Vegas Breaks the Strip Stereotype," 9 Oct. 2018 Saya will sport an edgy short hair crop, tattoos and copious amounts of leather, while, oh yeah, casually training to become an assassin. Radhika Menon, Teen Vogue, "Lana Condor Said Lara Jean Covey Wouldn’t Survive in Her New Show "Deadly Class"," 8 Oct. 2018 From its strapless neckline, to the high leg slit adorned with copious amounts of frills, the bright dress was instantly unforgettable and felt like a '90s throwback. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna Just Celebrated Fenty Beauty’s First Birthday in a Show-Stopping Fuchsia Gown," 15 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of copious

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for copious

Middle English, from Latin copiosus, from copia abundance, from co- + ops wealth — more at opulent

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copious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of copious

: very large in amount or number

copious

adjective
co·​pi·​ous | \ ˈkō-pē-əs \

Kids Definition of copious

: very plentiful : abundant She takes copious notes in class.

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copiously adverb

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