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

As a contest not just of teams but of nations, the World Cup gives the unaffiliated plenty to mull over in forging their 90-minute allegiances. Kanishk Tharoor, The Atlantic, "The Elusive Underdog Magic of the World Cup," 14 July 2018 And don't worry, for those of you hoping for a watch twinning moment of your own, there are plenty of fashionable options out there...without the hefty price tag. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Showed off Matching Diamond Watches," 14 July 2018 Strzok declined to answer multiple questions about what Page did or didn't know, or her actions during the investigation, which leaves Congress plenty of questions to ask her Friday. CBS News, "Lisa Page to testify behind closed doors," 13 July 2018 The battles underscore the chaotic state of a Democratic Party with no clear leader and plenty of ambitious politicians with contrasting ideologies. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: GOP candidates caught in a bind on Medicaid," 13 July 2018 The same theory could be applied to plenty of future items that Markle dons, or even past items that have since sold out. Rachel King, Fortune, "Meghan Markle Is Being Credited With Boosting Aritzia's Earnings. But Is the 'Meghan Effect' Real?," 13 July 2018 That means thousands of kids running around and screaming with joy, mom and dad viewing the exhibits, plenty of deep-fried and oversized foods, thrilling rides and lots of sights and sounds for the entire family. Daniel Wilson, sacbee, "What’s new at the California State Fair? Here’s everything you need to know," 13 July 2018 Today marks the fifth season for the battle royale game, which follows a one-time rocket launch event that added a huge crack in the sky and plenty of unfolding mysteries to solve. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Fortnite season 5 introduces temporal rifts, golf carts, and new locations," 12 July 2018 Not every joke lands, but there’s so much silliness that kids and like-minded adults will get in plenty of giggles. Kimber Walsh, latimes.com, "Review: 'Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation' hits the open seas with its creature comforts intact," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

No need for weed: This show was plenty intoxicating enough on its own. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Dolce & Gabbana’s Como Chameleons: Naomi Campbell, Halima Aden, and Maye Musk Model Alta Moda in Italy," 6 July 2018 Here are three 4x4s that are plenty good off-road in stock form—or even better as the basis for custom builds. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "The Best Trucks for Any Budget," 19 June 2018 But adults are plenty guilty of shedding a tear or two in-flight, and there are a few reasons why. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "This Is Why You're More Likely to Cry on an Airplane, According to a Psychologist," 12 June 2018 Moscow, in particular, has undergone a major facelift since the Sochi Olympics, and there are now plenty of signs and maps in English, making the center very navigable for non-Russian speakers. Sabra Ayres, latimes.com, "'We're the fans. We make the party': Icy relations aside, soccer fans pour into Russia for World Cup," 12 June 2018 There’s still plenty to be accomplished along North Avenue. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Jacques Kelly: Penn Station still a neighborhood showpiece, and potential powerhouse," 2 June 2018 Among the miscues were plenty of penalties, including three costly 15-yard personal fouls, leading to two touchdown receptions for Viera. OrlandoSentinel.com, "Jones loses to Viera in spring football," 25 May 2018 There will be plenty for everyone to enjoy including live bands in the Entertainment Pavilion. Christina Hyder, Howard County Times, "Maple festival offers a bit of everything [North Laurel/Savage]," 6 July 2018 In between watching and discussing the matches, there should be plenty of opportunity to both cook and eat outdoors this weekend. latimes.com, "Bring on the heat," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Until now, stocks haven’t felt too much of an impact from the recent noise out of D.C., of which there has been plenty over the past week or so. Bloomberg.com, "Here's How to Trade Trump's Next Trade-War Tweet: Taking Stock," 5 Mar. 2018 But the Wildcats could return plenty, including Donte DiVincenzo, Omari Spellman, Eric Paschall, Phil Booth and Collin Gillespie. Molly Geary, SI.com, "Way-Too-Early Top 25: Ranking the 2018-19 College Basketball Season's Leading Contenders," 3 Apr. 2018 And Billie has been plenty busy making new material. Rubi Jones, Teen Vogue, "Billie Eilish Talks Girls in the Mosh Pit and Avocados for The Music Issue," 18 June 2018 The Metropolitan Mile was plenty difficult, with an accomplished field of 4-, 5- and 6-year-old sprinters aiming to spoil Ruis’ plan. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Belmont notebook: Gronkowski cheers on Gronkowski," 10 June 2018 Oh, there are plenty more post-injury close-ups, with tears running down her face. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Here's Your First Look at Carrie Underwood's Emotional 'Cry Pretty' Music Video," 7 May 2018 Take a look at the Chicago White Sox, who did next to nothing right and plenty wrong Friday night at Globe Life Park. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: How Gallardo could be pitching himself into Rangers' plans for 2019," 29 June 2018 The nationalists have plenty more work to do to convince sceptical Scots of the economic benefits of independence, which would still represent a massive economic gamble. The Economist, "Scottish nationalists face up to the economic challenges of independence," 7 June 2018 Just remember our tips, and your next move will fly by — giving you plenty more time to enjoy your beautiful new place. Daily Intelligencer, "Expert Tips to Make Moving Day Seamless," 7 June 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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The first known use of plenty was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for plenty

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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