plenty

noun
plen·​ty | \ ˈplen-tē \

Definition of plenty 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a full or more than adequate amount or supply had plenty of time to finish the job
b : a large number or amount in plenty of trouble
2 : the quality or state of being copious : plentifulness

plenty

adjective

Definition of plenty (Entry 2 of 3)

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

plenty

adverb

Definition of plenty (Entry 3 of 3)

: 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

Adjective

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

Adverb

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

Noun

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

Adjective

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

Adverb

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

That business has made Qualcomm plenty of enemies—most prominently Apple Inc. Qualcomm and Apple are waging several lawsuits against each other in multiple jurisdictions. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Qualcomm’s Day in Court Is Priced In," 7 Jan. 2019 There were plenty of videos and boomerangs from the Globes afterparties, but this one—starring Black Panther's Gurira, Lupita Nyong'o, and Michael B. Jordan—was undeniably the best. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Celebrity Instagrams From The 2019 Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 However, if your wallet is still feeling the effects of holiday shopping, there are plenty of smaller items to snag. Temi Adebowale, House Beautiful, "Anthropologie Is Having A 25% Off Home Sale," 7 Jan. 2019 And judging by behind-the-scenes photos Christina's been posting, Ant will be making plenty of appearances on her now show as well. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Here's Your First Look at Christina El Moussa's Wedding Ring," 2 Jan. 2019 Which is totally fine, because there are plenty of other options. Christine Byrne, SELF, "21 High-Protein Smoothies With No Protein Powder," 2 Jan. 2019 There are also plenty of online options for sale, in a wide range of fabrics and colors. Michelle Higgins, The Seattle Times, "How to dress up a dorm room," 25 Sep. 2018 Gene editing has been generating plenty of buzz in recent years. James Rogers, Fox News, "Malaria 'breakthrough': Disease-carrying mosquitoes wiped out in major lab experiment," 25 Sep. 2018 There’s plenty of food in the world to stop that from happening, and this is going to be very exciting. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Big data could ‘stop famines from ever happening again,’ says World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim," 24 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Although there is no doubt that both leading ladies are plenty deserving of the Emmy, many people were disappointed that Sandra didn't win. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Sandra Oh Didn't Win an Emmy Award Last Night and People Are Furious," 18 Sep. 2018 While some contestants have found music careers after the show, particularly in Nashville, plenty struggle. Emily Yahr, chicagotribune.com, "'The Voice' finale: How Brynn Cartelli's win could be a game-changer for the show," 23 May 2018 But the current level still counts as plenty low, suggesting the economy will continue to generate enough jobs to keep the Fed tightening. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "The Best Way to Predict the Future of Rates," 6 Dec. 2018 The Sailors may or may not win league this year, but the girls were plenty good enough Tuesday to beat Edison for the first time in Melstrom's 10-year tenure. Matt Szabo, latimes.com, "Newport Harbor swimming sweeps Edison to stay undefeated in Sunset League," 11 Apr. 2018 There’s still plenty to be decided before then, as bubble teams attempt to play their way into the field and certain tournament teams take the court knowing one bad loss could doom them to an unfavorable seeding. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Bracket Watch: Latest Projections for the Entire Field of 68," 10 Mar. 2018 And some argue the show is still plenty good for a series in its eighth season. Nikki Delamotte, cleveland.com, "Miranda Lambert's 'Livin' Like Hippies' tour brings fiery country show to Cleveland (photos)," 4 Mar. 2018 On that same tip, students should also leave themselves plenty of time to write application essays. Annie Zaleski For University Lake School, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "6 steps to jumpstart your planning for college," 28 Feb. 2018 In the middle of the afternoon, the elk seemed plenty hungry, and alfalfa hay is premium feed to them. Steve Stuebner, idahostatesman, "See Rocky Mountain elk up close and personal on a sleigh ride near Donnelly," 8 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

These are some of the agreement’s highlights, but there are plenty more tweaks. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The three countries signed the deal at the G20 on Friday.," 30 Nov. 2018 Provided your suspension of disbelief can handle the shocks, there are plenty more pacing gems to be found here. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Shadow of the Tomb Raider review: Fighting for my life and loving it," 10 Sep. 2018 The bad news for those who think this is a playoff team: there are still plenty more road games ahead. Kenny Ducey, SI.com, "NBA Power Rankings: Kyrie's Celtics Have Been Anything but Flat," 8 Jan. 2018 And Rina has been plenty busy working on new music as well. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Rina Sawayama Is the One to Watch," 14 Aug. 2018 From artificial intelligence to Amazon’s Alexa, digital technology has plenty more capacity to disrupt the way companies engage with consumers. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Tech Consultants Are the New Mad Men," 9 Nov. 2018 And while anecdotes of labor shortages multiply, some economists see evidence there could be plenty more workers available to keep growth going. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Behind Market Turmoil, Potentially Good News," 12 Oct. 2018 Clearly, so do others—the place was plenty crowded. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "Most Restaurants Ace Their Health Inspections, but a Few Still Get Unsavory Grades," 30 Oct. 2018 Now that Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas have confirmed their engagement after weeks of speculation, plenty more details about the couple and their upcoming nuptials are now following closely behind. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra's Mom Shared Details on Her Wedding to Nick Jonas," 22 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of plenty

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1775, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for plenty

Noun

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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plenty

noun

English Language Learners Definition of plenty

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

plenty

adverb

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

: to a great degree : more than enough

plenty

noun
plen·​ty | \ ˈplen-tē \

Kids Definition of plenty

: a full supply : more than enough

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