Definition of plenty in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈplɛnti/


A large or sufficient amount or quantity; more than enough: I would have plenty of time to get home before my parents arrived you’ll have plenty to keep you busy there are shops in plenty [as determiner]: informal or dialect there was plenty room
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  • It could mean that she has no secrets or that she has plenty but has no room to tell us what they are.
  • So Boris achieved his end, drank plenty, signed books and made some more money.
  • For a fourteen year old that is downright insulting and even an eight year old may have plenty to say on his or her own account.
a lot of, many, a great deal of, a good deal of, a large number/amount of, a plethora of, quantities of, enough, more than enough, enough and to spare, no lack of, sufficient, a wealth of, a feast of, a cornucopia of
informal loads of, lots of, heaps of, bags of, stacks of, piles of, masses of, tons of, oodles of, oceans of, a raft of, a hatful of, more … than one can shake a stick at
British informal lashings of
North American informal scads of, a slew of, gobs of, gazillions of
Australian/New Zealand informal a swag of
vulgar slang a shitload of, shitloads of
North American vulgar slang assload
archaic a deal of, a mickle of, a peck of


[mass noun]
A situation in which food and other necessities are available in sufficiently large quantities: such natural phenomena as famine and plenty
More example sentences
  • On Christmas Day, at least, we hope to bring plenty and warmth to all such cases.
  • Those of vague faith hold a perfectly reasonable and defensible position in a world of plenty.
  • That way he has plenty to feed himself, as well as some of his garden's pests.
prosperity, affluence, wealth, opulence, comfort, well-being, luxury;
plentifulness, abundance, fruitfulness, profusion
literary plenteousness


[usually as submodifier] informal
Used to emphasize the degree of something: she has plenty more ideas
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  • For that reason, many less discriminating viewers will be plenty happy with this movie.
  • You didn't stick to your strategy, and it may have cost you plenty in the long run.
  • Seeing animals reproducing in the wild would be plenty magical enough for me.


Middle English (in the sense 'fullness, perfection'): from Old French plente, from Latin plenitas, from plenus 'full'.

  • ‘Fullness’ and ‘perfection’ were the early senses of plenty which goes back to Latin plenus ‘full’. The Greek equivalent plēthōrē is the source of plethora. This was first used as a medical term for an excess of fluid. The sense ‘excess’ dates from the early 18th century.

Words that rhyme with plenty

al dente, aplenty, cognoscenti, divertimenti, lisente, portamenti, sente, twenty, twenty-twenty, venti

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