plenty

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

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

Others are large, with plenty of room to move about and store luggage. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Who’s Sleeping in All These Hotel Bunk Beds?," 28 Mar. 2019 Nonetheless, the changelog is still filled with plenty of interesting tweaks and additions that will make your phone better than ever once the OS lands in late summer. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "7 tweaks and changes in Android Q that will make your phone better than it is now," 13 Mar. 2019 Gaga's only talked about it generally—but this hasn't stopped fans from coming up with plenty of theories. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lady Gaga's New Album: Everything We Know So Far," 13 Mar. 2019 This one is an 1850s Greek Revival with plenty of architectural quirks. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "How This Designer Pulled Off an Orange and Purple Color Scheme," 10 Mar. 2019 The dark style works best in a kitchen with plenty of natural light (otherwise, things can feel too dark). Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Your Style," 11 Feb. 2019 Wood ceilings and chrome-like pillars make a statement inside with plenty of views thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Three-tiered glass masterpiece asks $16.8M," 26 Dec. 2018 The movie touches on childhood wonder, nostalgia, and self-empowerment with plenty of laughs in between. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The 10 Best Fashion Movies That Aren't The Devil Wears Prada," 24 Dec. 2018 This game is a master class in complex level design, with plenty of interlocking systems and relations that tie together in intricate ways. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

That will give you plenty space to back up an average laptop with plenty of room left over. Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, "The Best External Hard Drives To Back Up Your Digital Life," 5 Mar. 2019 Plenty of talented riders show up, but plenty ride in costumes. Jason Gay, WSJ, "My Big, Fat Fat-Biking Adventure," 14 Feb. 2019 Not to worry: Your clothes will still get plenty clean—most of the soil is on the inside anyway. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "A Laundry Expert's 8 Biggest Dos and Don'ts," 8 Feb. 2019 The good news is that there actually are plenty of ways to squeeze a solid no-equipment workout into a short amount of time. SELF, "A 15-Minute No-Equipment Core Workout You Can Do at Home," 18 Jan. 2019 With all of the pretty pastel outfits and gorgeous Easter cakes, there will be plenty of photo opportunities on April 21. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "40+ Easter Captions for Every Instagram Picture You Post This Year," 21 Feb. 2019 The show is currently set to run for 3 and a half hours, meaning there will still be plenty of time for awards and speeches in the second half of the show. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "New Grammys Super Bowl Commercial Reveals When Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello Will Perform," 4 Feb. 2019 At 4,700 square feet, and featuring 4 bedrooms, and 5 and a half bathrooms, the condo is plenty big enough for Kim and Kanye's family. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kanye West Surprised Kim Kardashian with a $14 Million Christmas Gift," 29 Dec. 2018 Mysteriously a clear case that appeared in press materials in some regions prior to the phone’s release is yet to materialise, although there are now plenty of third-party alternatives to choose from. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Apple cases for the iPhone XS increases to twelve, iPhone XR still zero," 30 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The night capped off with an incredible performance from Carrie Underwood at Nissan Stadium, but there were plenty more captivating moments throughout the day on Friday (June 8). Taylor Weatherby, Billboard, "The 17 Best Moments From CMA Fest 2018 Day 2," 9 June 2018 With the semi-finals looming, there is sure to be plenty more to discuss this week. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'The Voice' Star DeAndre Nico Says Adam Levine 'Sold Me Out' for Reagan Strange," 10 Dec. 2018 Marvel is keeping most of the real details hidden away, so there should be plenty more to tease (or mislead us about) later on. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, and more," 8 Dec. 2018 The 2019 Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and as ever, there was plenty to applaud, plenty to shrug at, and plenty to be enraged by depending on your preferences. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "8 Snubs, Surprises, and New Records Set By The 2019 Oscar Nominations," 22 Jan. 2019 To put it mildly, Vine's loyal fans seem plenty excited about it, too. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "New Vine App Follow-up, Byte, Announced by Founder," 9 Nov. 2018 Imperfect in myriad ways (lynching was still common in 1945; women had been allowed to vote for just a quarter-century), the U.S. looked plenty good beside the Third Reich and Imperial Japan, and vowed to do better. Karl Vick, Time, "A Reckoning After Trump's Border Separation Policy: What Kind of Country Are We?," 21 June 2018 These are some of the agreement’s highlights, but there are plenty more tweaks. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The three countries signed the deal at the G20 on Friday.," 30 Nov. 2018 Provided your suspension of disbelief can handle the shocks, there are plenty more pacing gems to be found here. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Shadow of the Tomb Raider review: Fighting for my life and loving it," 10 Sep. 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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plenty

noun

English Language Learners Definition of plenty

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : 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)

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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