- large in quantity or number; abundant; plentiful: copious amounts of food.
- having or yielding an abundant supply: a copious larder; a copious harvest.
- exhibiting abundance or fullness, as of thoughts or words.
Origin of copious
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2. See ample.
1. scanty, scarce. 3. meager.
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Examples from the Web for copious
After cleaning up the copious amount of blood on my body in a bathroom, I found my clothing and got dressed.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
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Unfortunately, the attention to appearance also leads to copious amounts of vitriol being spewed at famous women every day.The Outrage Over Beyonce’s Bettie Page Bangs: Why the Media Must Stop Objectifying Women
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Throughout her career, tales of wild behavior, random sexual encounters and copious drug use have orbited her waifish figure.Sex, Drugs, and Kate Moss: Secrets of a Wild Supermodel
October 9, 2014
The infection can—with copious amounts of disinfectant (bleach) and meticulous attention to detail—end there.Kissing the Corpses in Ebola Country
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This inveterate list maker also loved minutiae; in his copious account books, he kept track of every cent he ever spent.Companies Discover Untapped Brainpower: Autistics
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The first of these motives is a stream of copious abuse, as in Per.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
The dinner was copious—we had foie gras, fresh bread, and oranges.My Double Life
The belly is hard and painful, and in the morning there is a copious flow of saliva, and an uncommon craving for dry food.
We are all our lifetime reading the copious sense of this first of forms.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Their heads and breasts were completely stained by reason of copious eating.A Romance of the West Indies
- abundant; extensive in quantity
- having or providing an abundant supply
- full of words, ideas, etc; profuse
C14: from Latin cōpiōsus well supplied, from cōpia abundance, from ops wealth
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Word Origin and History for copious
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