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

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 Playing with a third-string left tackle and a quarterback coming off his most inaccurate performance of his career, Stefanski schemed up plenty. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, 11 Oct. 2021 Patriot yahoos and Brady cultists filled Gillette’s parking lots plenty early., 3 Oct. 2021 The finishing from both sides left plenty to be desired, starting in the 16th minute when Mora, the Timbers’ most reliable goal-scorer, whiffed a golden chance. Caitlin Murray, oregonlive, 20 Sep. 2021 His lineout to left field spoiled his chance to match the Orioles’ record for consecutive at-bats with a hit, but the offense around him provided plenty more in an 18-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday at Camden Yards. Nathan Ruiz,, 6 June 2021 If Madison's appearance at the 2021 MTV VMAs is any indication, she's got a long career ahead of her and plenty more bags to secure. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 17 Sep. 2021 There are still plenty more opportunities within real estate so young and hungry startups will continue to come on the scene. Amy Dobson, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 But there will be plenty more candidates that receive consideration, too. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2021 There are plenty more shows in the works, though, including a spinoff of Bosch and a Lords of Dogtown series. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 5 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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The first known use of plenty was in the 13th century

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“Plenty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 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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