copious

adjective
co·​pi·​ous | \ ˈkō-pē-əs How to pronounce copious (audio) \

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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At the top, of course, is Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, but the talent behind Barkley is copious. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "The agonizing decision awaiting Myles Gaskin: Enter the NFL draft or return to UW?," 14 Jan. 2018 Apparently this is cult Breton butter-maker Jean-Yves Bordier’s masterpiece: his trademark hand-paddled cultured milk, mixed with copious amounts of wild seagreens collected only twice a year in Finistère, in western Brittany. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Seaweed the Perfect Food?," 15 Feb. 2019 Here’s how #Angels works: When one woman is approached about or seeks a potential investment, that person does the due diligence, fields the initial phone calls and meetings, and takes copious notes. Jo Piazza, Marie Claire, "Hatched at Twitter," 12 Feb. 2019 George was taking copious notes, as the heads of government spoke. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Read Brian Mulroney's Moving Eulogy at George H.W. Bush's Funeral," 5 Dec. 2018 Fitzsimmons said jurors paid attention and took copious notes. Dan Hinkel, chicagotribune.com, "Conflicting answer in special interrogatory upends verdict to displeasure of jury foreman," 29 June 2018 Starting in March 1973, Mr. Nack spent 40 consecutive days with Secretariat, joining him at 7 a.m., getting to know his team, taking copious notes and once seeing the horse playfully grab his notebook in his teeth and deposit it on a bed of hay. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Bill Nack, Who Covered the Horses From Up Close, Dies at 77," 17 Apr. 2018 Instead of tapes, Mueller and the Congressional Oversight Committees have the Christopher Steele (formerly with the British Intelligence) dossier and Director Comey's copious notes, which have recently been independently substantiated. Anchorage Daily News, "Mueller investigation evokes memory of Watergate," 11 Jan. 2018 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

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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

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English Language Learners Definition of copious

: very large in amount or number

copious

adjective
co·​pi·​ous | \ ˈkō-pē-əs How to pronounce copious (audio) \

Kids Definition of copious

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

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