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

But there are always plenty of falls down unfamiliar cruise-ship staircases and twisted ankles on cobblestone streets. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Travel Mistakes That Can Land You in the Hospital," 7 Nov. 2018 From a stagnant running game to a host of explosive plays allowed, there was plenty to criticize in Seattle’s 25-17 loss Sunday. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "To make playoffs, Seahawks need Russell Wilson to be better than good," 7 Nov. 2018 Images by David Romero, courtesy of the The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation There is plenty to love about the work of prolific American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, from his textile block houses to famous buildings like the Guggenheim Museum. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Lost Frank Lloyd Wright buildings reimagined in new renderings," 5 Nov. 2018 The Air's base 8GB of RAM and a dual-Core i5 processor is plenty of power for anyone who isn’t editing video or gaming. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "So, About That Retina Macbook Air Keyboard," 30 Oct. 2018 There's plenty to like about the design from the driver's point of view. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Safety first, last, and always: The Subaru Ascent, reviewed," 25 Oct. 2018 Then, make sure there's plenty of foreplay involved. Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, "The Best Sex Positions That Belong in Every Woman's Repertoire," 23 Oct. 2018 While there's plenty for parents to love about cold weather — snuggly scarves, hot chocolate dates — this time of year also comes with some down sides: runny noses, coughs, and congestion. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Flu Symptoms in Kids Come Suddenly, But You Can Act Fast If You Know What to Look For," 19 Oct. 2018 Just like any other holiday, there are plenty of ways to put a chic twist on traditional decor. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "20 Halloween Party Ideas So Sophisticated They’ll Scare You," 18 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Modern tourists in Vietnam hear plenty about My Lai and other American deeds of the same kind. Max Hastings, WSJ, "The Hidden Atrocities of the Vietnam War," 4 Oct. 2018 According to Autostraddle, the book also makes several callbacks to the original movie so there will be plenty for old fans to enjoy while reading it. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""Hocus Pocus"' New YA Sequel Has a Lesbian Couple and It's Everything," 25 July 2018 After all, the Clintons remain plenty powerful and, as several Democratic insiders noted to me, have ample time these days to stew in Chappaqua and plot revenge on those who've crossed them. Jason Zengerle, GQ, "Kirsten Gillibrand, the Senator From the State of #MeToo," 17 Apr. 2018 The Wolverines now know plenty about Montana's basketball team. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's John Beilein on Steve Fisher: 'Steve's a close friend'," 14 Mar. 2018 Becoming a more consistent shooter and all-around player will be paramount next season, and there will be plenty of opportunity to go around in the Wolverines’ rotation. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2019 NBA Draft Big Board: Top 60 Prospects," 27 June 2018 There will be plenty of beer, including tappings of specialty versions of Bourbon County Stout, and food from Girl & the Goat, Donermen, the Fat Shallot, and other restaurants and food trucks. Julia Thiel, Chicago Reader, "Booze / Food & Drink Chicago Craft Beer Week is no more; all hail Illinois Craft Beer Week," 11 May 2018 There will be plenty of children, hammocks and tables for picnicking. New York Times, "Free (or Cheap) Things to Do in NYC This Weekend," 5 July 2018 There’ll be plenty of time to regret that second slice in the morning. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "10 best late night Phoenix restaurants: Great pizza, burgers, Asian, comfort food," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 On Sunday, a few wayward hikers were spotted there and plenty more are expected Wednesday. Author: Kat Sorensen, Anchorage Daily News, "Mount Marathon race trail has it all: snow, lush vegetation, flowing water and lots of dust," 3 July 2018 On his site, there are four materials offered—alligator, braided leather, pebble leather, and stitched leather—in a wide range of colors, and plenty more will soon arrive. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Tom Ford’s New Timepiece Collection is Going to Change the Way You Wear Your Watch," 24 Apr. 2018 Yet social media are ground zero for griping, and plenty more, however, applauded the decision by Pulitzer jurors to acknowledge what is the dominant musical art form today in America. Randall Roberts, latimes.com, "Kendrick Lamar's Pulitzer Prize sparks lively — and at times snobby — conversations on the aesthetics of music," 18 Apr. 2018 And the siren peals that pepper the work — originally written for 142 players, but scaled back to a 125-person orchestra in Varèse’s 1927 revision — were plenty loud on Mr. Dudamel’s watch. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, "Review: Dudamel and Los Angeles Bring the Noise to New York," 30 Apr. 2018 Any storm that develops could be plenty strong, with frequent lightning, small hail and strong wind gusts with the potential for a few wet microbursts. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Storms likely this afternoon and evening, and a few could be intense," 19 June 2018 Needless to say, Alsbury, is plenty proud when the new scoreboard helps light up the St. Teresa gym. Mark Tupper, The Seattle Times, "EXCHANGE: Decatur school has slam dunk grandma in its corner," 13 Jan. 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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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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