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[plen-ti-fuh l] /ˈplɛn tɪ fəl/
existing in great plenty:
Coal was plentiful, and therefore cheap, in that region.
yielding abundantly:
a plentiful source of inspiration.
Origin of plentiful
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at plenty, -ful
Related forms
plentifully, adverb
plentifulness, noun
overplentiful, adjective
overplentifully, adverb
overplentifulness, noun
quasi-plentiful, adjective
quasi-plentifully, adverb
unplentiful, adjective
unplentifully, adverb
Can be confused
planetary, plenary, plentiful, plenitude.
2. fruitful, bounteous, productive; luxuriant.
1. sparse, scanty. 2. barren, fruitless, sterile.
Synonym Study
1. Plentiful, ample, abundant, bountiful describe a more than adequate supply of something. Plentiful suggests an over-adequate quantity: a plentiful supply. Ample suggests a more than adequate quality as well: to give ample praise. Abundant implies a greater degree of plenty, and bountiful a still more ample quality as well: an abundant, even a bountiful, harvest. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for plentifully
Historical Examples
  • And of these three blessings our two Syrians together are plentifully endowed.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • Money was coming in plentifully, and all the correspondence was unsought.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • The harbour and approaches were, of course, plentifully strewn with mines.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • Wine, ale, and October flew about as plentifully as kennel-water.

    The History of John Bull John Arbuthnot
  • Certain it is they will not alight upon the skin which has been plentifully anointed with it.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • Its head was bald, but the rest of its body was plentifully covered with hair.

    The Red Eric R.M. Ballantyne
  • Why refer us from assertion to assertion, if authorities may be so plentifully had?

  • It was before the days of cigarettes, and claret was plentifully imbibed.

  • Place the meat on this and season it plentifully with pepper and lightly with salt.

    Standard Paper-Bag Cookery

    Emma Paddock Telford
  • Dilly is just as he used to be, and puns as plentifully and as bad.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
British Dictionary definitions for plentifully


ample; abundant
having or yielding an abundance: a plentiful year
Derived Forms
plentifully, adverb
plentifulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for plentifully



late 15c., from plenty + -ful. Related: Plentifully.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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