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

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

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 FC Cincinnati supporters should be plenty familiar with players and staff that will represent America against Mexico at TQL Stadium. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 4 Nov. 2021 Instead, the robots are getting lists of simple commands ahead of the solar event that will keep them plenty busy. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 1 Oct. 2021 Henderson is unlikely to play this week, which means that Stafford will be plenty busy with a limited running game. Adam Burke Vsin, Los Angeles Times, 24 Sep. 2021 The Dodgers are plenty familiar with the Giants starter, having faced him six times this season and once in the playoffs. Los Angeles Times, 30 Oct. 2021 There's no need to fret; the meteor shower doesn't end tonight and there are plenty more on the horizon in the next few months, said Shannon Murphy, outreach coordinator at the University of Michigan Department of Astronomy. Emma Stein, Detroit Free Press, 20 Oct. 2021 Nemanja Bjelica, who also signed a veteran-minimum deal with the Warriors, was plenty helpful as well. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Oct. 2021 The Bearcats were not quite dominant but were plenty good enough in their first trip to South Bend since 1900 to snap Notre Dame’s 26-game home winning streak. Ralph D. Russo,, 2 Oct. 2021 Texans general manager Nick Caserio is plenty familiar with Newton, having worked with the Patriots as the team's director of pro personnel in Newton's lone season in New England. Matt Young, Chron, 31 Aug. 2021

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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 above


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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“Plenty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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)

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



English Language Learners Definition of plenty (Entry 4 of 3)

: 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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