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plenty

noun plen·ty \ ˈplen-tē \
Updated on: 20 May 2018

Definition of plenty

1 a : 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

Examples of plenty in a Sentence

  1. They thought of America as the land of plenty.

  2. you'll have plenty of time to make your connecting flight

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Origin and Etymology of 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

adjective

Definition of plenty

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

Using plenty as an 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.


Examples of plenty in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of plenty

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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plenty

adverb

Definition of plenty

: more than sufficiently : to a considerable degree
  • the nights were plenty cold
  • —F. B. Gipson

Using plenty as an 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

  1. There's plenty more where that came from.

  2. The car is plenty large enough to fit six people.

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First Known Use of plenty

1775

in the meaning defined above

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PLENTY Defined for English Language Learners

plenty

Definition of plenty for English Language Learners

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


plenty

Definition of plenty for English Language Learners

  • : to a great degree : more than enough


PLENTY Defined for Kids

plenty

noun plen·ty \ ˈplen-tē \

Definition of plenty for Students

: a full supply : more than enough


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