plen·​ty | \ ˈplen-tē How to pronounce plenty (audio) \

Definition of plenty

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: an adequate or more than adequate number or amount of something : a number or amount of something that is enough for a particular purpose had plenty of time to finish the job plenty of room I don't need more. I have plenty. There's plenty to do/see here.



Definition of plenty (Entry 2 of 4)

: an abundance especially of material things that permit a satisfactory life : a condition or time of abundance a feeling of plenty a land of plenty a season of plenty
in plenty
: present or existing in large amounts : in abundance There were eggs in plenty not far off, in the hen house.— Robert C. O'Brien … academics can cite evidence in plenty … to justify their skepticism.— Peter Green



Definition of plenty (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : plentiful in amount, number, or supply if reasons were as plenty as blackberries— William Shakespeare
2 : ample plenty work to be doneTime



Definition of plenty (Entry 4 of 4)

: more than sufficiently : to a considerable degree the nights were plenty cold— F. B. Gipson

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Using Plenty as an Adjective: Usage Guide


Many commentators object to use of sense 2 in writing; it appears to be limited chiefly to spoken English. Sense 1 is literary but is no longer in common use.

Using Plenty as an Adverb: Usage Guide


Many handbooks advise avoiding the adverb plenty in writing; "use very, quite, or a more precise word," they advise. Actually plenty is often a more precise word than its recommended replacements; very, fully, or quite will not work as well in these typical quotations. it's already plenty hot for us in the kitchen without some dolt opening the oven — C. H. Bridges may not be rising quite as rapidly as other health costs, but it is going up plenty fast Changing Times It is not used in more formal writing.

Examples of plenty in a Sentence


They thought of America as the land of plenty. you'll have plenty of time to make your connecting flight


we've picked plenty blueberries, so there'll be some left over after we make the pie


There's plenty more where that came from. The car is plenty large enough to fit six people.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Matt Chapman, Matt Olson and Mark Canha have largely taken over Davis’s cleanup spot, yet Oakland’s potent lineup allows for plenty of production even in the lower third. Michael Shapiro,, "Gerrit Cole Gives the Astros a Scary-Good Look for October," 17 Sep. 2019 The program allows for plenty of audience participation., "Voyageur canoe expedition transports park visitors back to historic fur trade," 15 Sep. 2019 The threat of food insecurity In this land of plenty, millions still don’t have reliable access to enough food to maintain a healthy life. Patricia Smith, The Conversation, "Top Democrats discussed ‘Medicare for All’ at Houston debate, but what about healthy food for all?," 13 Sep. 2019 To reduce bitterness, McGee recommends boiling the greens in plenty of water and then adding salt or salty ingredients, such as soy sauce or anchovy paste, because salt covers up our perception of bitter flavors. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "How to pick, prep and cook leafy greens — a nutritional (and delicious) powerhouse," 13 Sep. 2019 The secret to that moistness is Greek yogurt and coconut oil — with a tangy assist from plenty of fresh raspberries. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "Brunch recipe: Greek Yogurt Raspberry Loaf," 7 Sep. 2019 Despite plenty of chances, Havre de Grace’s offense struggled for most of the game. Chris Jeter,, "Four Harford County football teams open play with wins," 7 Sep. 2019 Goran Dragic has returned in plenty of time for his preseason physical, pre-camp conditioning work and ample interaction with new teammates. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Could Bam Adebayo be cast as Alonzo Mourning 2.0?," 6 Sep. 2019 Look for plenty of Romanesco cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, winter squash, sugar pumpkins, parsnips, cabbage, beets, potatoes and greens. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "'Piles and piles’: Fresh Alaska vegetables are plentiful at farmers markets," 5 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Office’’ is headed to Boston in November, attempting to wring laughs from the travails of the misfits at Dunder Mifflin (who were plenty funny to begin with). Don Aucoin,, "Musical parody of ‘The Office’ headed to Boston," 4 Sep. 2019 There seems to be plenty out there, but when would be a good time to put the bird feeder up again? Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Why are Martinez crows so flighty?," 7 Aug. 2019 And while the entire world might move on from Alex Morgan’s goal-scoring celebrations, there will still be plenty of great soccer to watch in America, and many more chances to see your favorite stars compete. Alejandro De La Garza, Time, "Here's Where to See the U.S. Women's Soccer Team Stars Play Now That the World Cup Is Over," 7 July 2019 The galley kitchen is plenty bright with natural light from two windows overlooking the yard. Karen A. Avitabile,, "Property of the Week: 93 Shunpike Road, Cromwell," 26 Oct. 2017 There will be plenty of future college players on the field. Eric Sondheimercolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "A look at top games in Southern Section for Week 2," 3 Sep. 2019 Ole Miss's defense, which gave up 483 yards per game last year (121st in FBS), is going to have to improve in a hurry under new DC Mike MacIntyre to steal this one, but there could be plenty of offensive fireworks on both sides. The Si Staff,, "College Football Week 1 Picks: Who Has the Edge on Opening Weekend?," 29 Aug. 2019 The silver lining: There’ll be plenty when HD returns in October. Eric Velasco, al, "Follow the journey of local food from seed to plate," 13 Aug. 2019 The Browns have used three-receiver sets a lot in training camp, so there should be plenty of opportunities for someone to take a big step toward a roster spot. 4. Scott Patsko,, "Browns vs. Redskins Preseason Week 1: What to watch for," 8 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Uber has been plenty busy adding new services and programs of its own to its Denver-area offerings since that 2013 launch date. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Uber and Lyft have made Denver a testing ground," 11 Sep. 2019 And there could be plenty more where that came from. Washington Post, "Stock market gyrates as the economic picture gets blurred," 17 Aug. 2019 This from one of the world's most recognizable names who has pocketed more than $120 million in prize money and landed plenty more in endorsements, not to mention having nearly 13 million followers on Twitter and even more likes on Facebook. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Roger Federer: The power and presence of the $120 million man," 27 June 2019 One note to keep in mind: The Venue is closing in September, so while there will be plenty more burlesques over the next couple months, each performance now is one of the last. Trevor Fraser,, "Orlando gives burlesque fans plenty of reasons to cheer," 31 July 2019 Both stars have been keeping plenty busy in addition to their public displays of affection. Ashley Boucher,, "Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello Passionately Kiss During a PDA-Filled Beach Day in Miami," 29 July 2019 While the high school kids spinoff appears far off (at best), Moriarty is plenty busy, in the meantime. Elizabeth Wagmeister,, "‘Big Little Lies’ author already has a spinoff in mind," 25 July 2019 In the 712 days between the 2016 Olympics and the 2018 U.S. Classic, the most decorated American gymnast of all time stayed plenty busy. Tess Demeyer, USA TODAY, "Where are they now: Gymnast Simone Biles looks strong in comeback from 2016 US Olympic team," 24 July 2019 Although Christopher, one of the highest-profile recruits in the nation, was plenty busy this past week at the Peach Jam, Howard was still able to bond with him via text messages. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Meet Juwan Howard, the Michigan basketball recruiter: 'I feel like he’s a real genuine guy'," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of plenty

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

13th century, in the meaning defined above


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1775, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for plenty


Middle English plente, from Anglo-French plenté, from Late Latin plenitat-, plenitas, from Latin, fullness, from plenus full — more at full

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The first known use of plenty was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of plenty

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a large number or amount of something : a number or amount of something that is enough for a particular purpose



English Language Learners Definition of plenty (Entry 2 of 3)

formal : the state of having enough of the things that make life good and easy



English Language Learners Definition of plenty (Entry 3 of 3)

informal : to a great degree : more than enough


plen·​ty | \ ˈplen-tē How to pronounce plenty (audio) \

Kids Definition of plenty

: a full supply : more than enough

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