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

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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


They thought of America as the land of plenty. you'll have plenty of time to make your connecting flight


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


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

Other busts followed, though the fact that poachers typically work in remote and isolated spots gave them plenty of cover. Antonia Noori Farzan, The Denver Post, "Popular succulents are being stolen from California parks and sold on the black market," 12 June 2019 There’s plenty of luxe for less at The Reef by CuisinArt on Merrywing Bay. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Summer on sale in the Caribbean: Stay at luxurious resorts at a huge discount," 11 June 2019 The Citra and Mosaic hops give it plenty of bitterness, while organic malt adds interest and balance. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "The 12 Best Summer Beers of 2019," 10 June 2019 There’s plenty of superlative showmanship on display at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Charles Mcnulty,, "Tony Awards: A critic celebrates Broadway's unabashed idealism," 9 June 2019 The tours begin at 7:30 p.m. so paddlers can get comfortable on the water before darkness falls, and last until 10 p.m., giving you plenty of time to soak up some moonbeams. Lindsey J. Smith,, "Paragliding, caving, ‘jetovating’: 5 wild activities around Mount Shasta," 7 June 2019 Other busts followed, though the fact that poachers typically work in remote and isolated spots gave them plenty of cover. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Officials blame black market for popular succulents disappearing from Northern California state parks," 3 June 2019 Plus, more than 250 breeds in their database gives you plenty of chances of finding out your dog's heritage. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "I Tried the Most Popular Dog DNA Tests to Find the Best One," 22 May 2019 But designers have given these retro shades plenty of modern updates on the retro shades, like matte and gradient acetates, titanium detailing, and fresh color palettes. Madeline Swanson, Vogue, "Throw Some Shade With Summer’s Best Sunglasses Trends," 21 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

There has been plenty happening at Goodison Park over the last few days, and here are four of the headlines., "Williams Leaves, Baines Offered New Deal, Depay Links and More: Everton News Roundup," 7 June 2019 The album's lyrics ultimately reveal the mixed emotions behind the toothy grin on the set's cover, but at least Abstract’s successes over the past year have given him plenty reason to smile broadly. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 50 Best Albums of 2019 (So Far): Staff Picks," 3 June 2019 Last month, Selena threw Country a gorgeous pool-side bridal shower in Los Angeles, complete with champagne, baked treats, and plenty Insta-worthy best friend moments from the party. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Selena Gomez Celebrates Her BFF's Bachelorette Party in Cabo San Lucas," 13 Feb. 2019 With the Royals being pretty bad and plenty of time before training camp, will this summer look any different for you professionally? Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Vermes' future, Royals' good stretch, whiny QBs, DJ as a Raider & more | The Kansas City Star," 8 May 2018 The ex-Borussia Dortmund pair are believed to be earning £200,000-a-week and £180,000-a-week respectively - some way off Ozil's reported £300,000-a-week salary but still plenty of cash more than their peers in north London., "Report Claims Arsenal Dressing Room Split Over Wage Disparity As Troubles Mount in North London," 7 Mar. 2018 There are plenty of ways to make something well and plenty of ways to make something poorly. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Redditors Are Competing to Build the Worst Volume Slider," 9 June 2017 And befitting the lavish ceremony, the set is plenty extravagant, weighing 1,600 pounds and featuring 40,000 real roses. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Why There Isn't a Host for the Academy Awards Ceremony This Year," 23 Feb. 2019 The man who once pulled off a two-handed dunk while jumping over the front of a car is a bit less of an athletic sensation in Detroit, but the blue-collar elements of his game are still plenty effective. Noah Trister, The Seattle Times, "Griffin enjoying resurgence a year after trade to Pistons," 19 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Along with all the thrills and feelings associated with these two titles, there's still plenty more potential summer binge-watching options. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Netflix Arrivals June 2019," 22 May 2019 Stateside, fashion and Hollywood's elite–Naomi Campbell, Marc Jacobs, Demi Moore, Kris Jenner, and plenty more–fêted Bailey's damehood at a party held at the Carlyle Hotel over the weekend. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Presents Glenda Bailey with Her Damehood at Buckingham Palace," 9 May 2019 Cote has been keeping plenty busy since her NCIS exit. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Why 'NCIS' Star Cote de Pablo Really Left Ziva Behind," 12 Feb. 2019 And there are plenty more applications on the horizon. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "2018 physics Nobel Prize honors 3, including first woman in 55 years," 2 Oct. 2018 That’s not quite Meltdown and Spectre territory, but plenty impressive in its own right—especially given the much lower degree of difficulty. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Security News This Week: Valve Squashes Decade-Old Steam Security Bug," 2 June 2018 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

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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 at sense 1a


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

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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)

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



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

informal : 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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having a desire to acquire more things

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