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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There are fireworks, gatherings of family and friends, copious amounts of eating and drinking and just a general, all-around celebration of everything that's good about America. Rex Crum, chicagotribune.com, "13 all-American movies to stream for Independence Day," 1 July 2019 There are fireworks, gatherings of family and friends, copious amounts of eating and drinking and just a general, all-around celebration of everything that’s good about America. Rex Crum, The Mercury News, "13 all-American movies to stream for Independence Day," 1 July 2019 Mario Rivera and his veterinarian wife, Stefanie Worwag, asked their neighbor's permission first and are using copious amounts of lime to speed decomposition and reduce the stench. NBC News, "Scientists ask for private beaches to study gray whale carcasses," 21 June 2019 The space hums with an up-all-night youthful energy (no doubt aided by copious amounts of sugar and caffeine), and the coffee jelly in particular is a textural delight. Jordan Michelman, latimes.com, "What’s brewing in Chinatown: a microguide to four unique coffee bars," 21 June 2019 Mario Rivera and his veterinarian wife, Stefanie Worwag, asked their neighbor’s permission first and are using copious amounts of lime to speed decomposition and reduce the stench. Washington Post, "US agency seeks ‘hosts’ for rotting whales amid die-off," 21 June 2019 Rockefeller among them—made their fortunes on the backs of worker exploitation, environmental indifference, and copious amounts of political payoffs. Vince Guerrieri, Popular Mechanics, "Smoke on the Water: 50 Years After the Cuyahoga Fire," 20 June 2019 This promotion and the copious amount of sponsor activations and content creation players are asked to do for teams is standard, and not the issue. Washington Post, "Debate: What does a fair esports contract look like? It’s complicated.," 18 June 2019 But unlike basalt, the recipe for granite typically requires copious amounts of water—which happens on Earth when water-rich oceanic crust subducts below another plate. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Venus, Earth’s Evil Twin, Beckons Space Agencies," 12 June 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

adjective

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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copiously adverb

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