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plenty

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Pronunciation: /ˈplɛnti
 
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Definition of plenty in English:

pronoun

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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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

noun

[mass noun] Back to top  
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.
Synonyms
prosperity, affluence, wealth, opulence, comfort, well-being, luxury;
plentifulness, abundance, fruitfulness, profusion
literary plenteousness

adverb

[usually as submodifier] informal Back to top  
Used to emphasize the degree of something: she has plenty more ideas
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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  • ‘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.

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