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.

plenty

noun

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

plenty

adjective

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

plenty

adverb

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

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: Adverb The Saints put on a show against the Buccaneers last Sunday, and New Orleans was plenty ready to watch. Jeff Nowak, NOLA.com, "More Saints fans watched Bucs blowout than any other 2020 game, New Orleans TV ratings show," 13 Nov. 2020 Jon Stewart/Conan O’Brien types would fill too much of the spotlight despite being plenty intelligent enough for the gig. Matt Vautour | Mvautour@masslive.com, al, "Who will be the new ‘Jeopardy!’ host? Possible Alex Trebek replacements include LeVar Burton, Geena Davis, Ken Jennings," 13 Nov. 2020 This Lego Star Wars set, which is comprised of more than 1,000 teeny-tiny pieces, will keep idle hands plenty busy for hours on end. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "39 magical gifts every Disney lover will adore this holiday season," 13 Nov. 2020 Even the slowest 2-series, the all-wheel-drive 230i xDrive, is plenty quick. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "Most Reliable Used Cars," 9 Nov. 2020 The pass seemed to linger in the air for a while, but Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines was plenty fast enough to get under it. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts vs. Lions: Nyheim Hines celebrates 2 touchdowns with a roundoff," 1 Nov. 2020 University Falls can run dry in the summer, though during winter and spring its flow is plenty strong. oregonlive, "Hiking through the Tillamook Burn: An Oregon forest recovers, decades after devastating fires," 14 Oct. 2020 My reaction had nothing to do with not seeing him again (plenty more fish in the sea). Vanese Maddix, refinery29.com, "The Hardest Part Of Dating Is Talking About My Mental Illnesses," 12 Oct. 2020 Amazon has announced that Prime Day 2020 will happen on Oct. 13 and 14 -- plenty early enough to get gifts in time for the holidays in a year when the coronavirus pandemic has caused significant delivery delays. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "How Prime Day is different in 2020," 28 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of plenty

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

14th 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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Time Traveler for plenty

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

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Cite this Entry

“Plenty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plenty. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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plenty

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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

plenty

noun

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

plenty

adverb

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

informal : to a great degree : more than enough

plenty

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

Kids Definition of plenty

: a full supply : more than enough

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