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or a-plenty

[uh-plen-tee] /əˈplɛn ti/ Informal.
in sufficient quantity; in generous amounts (usually used following the noun it modifies):
He had troubles aplenty.
sufficiently; enough; more than sparingly:
He howled aplenty when hurt.
Origin of aplenty
First recorded in 1820-30; a-1 + plenty Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for a-plenty
Historical Examples
  • You make out a list of what dope you want—and be sure yuh get a-plenty.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • All we heard was, 'They'll kill all the slaves,' and such hearing was a-plenty!

  • Critics there were a-plenty who wagged a sad head because the advertising was undignified.

  • Whatever her father's faults—and they've been a-plenty—they'd best be let lie now.

    Laramie Holds the Range

    Frank H. Spearman
  • He has got to show me a-plenty what right he had to say you was wonderfully beautiful.

    The Man Next Door

    Emerson Hough
  • Mose muttered to Reynolds: "He's due to bolt, and I'm going to quirt him a-plenty."

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
  • That I certain admits, nodded the other; but how it was did is what puzzles me a-plenty.

    Frank Merriwell's Triumph Burt L. Standish
  • Yet do not for one moment imagine that it lacked these a-plenty.

    With the Doughboy in France

    Edward Hungerford
  • Didn't Pede do that, an' didn't he beat Pede a-plenty at his own game?

    Frank Merriwell's Backers

    Burt L. Standish
  • What he would do to them if he got a chance would be a-plenty, Helen declared.

British Dictionary definitions for a-plenty


adjective, adverb (postpositive)
in plenty
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for a-plenty



1830, originally U.S., from a- (1) + plenty (n.). First attested in writings of J. Fenimore Cooper.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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