Definition of plenty in English:
- 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.
noun[mass noun] Back to top
- 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.
adverb[usually as submodifier] informal Back to top
- 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.
‘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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