or a-plen·ty



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
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Examples from the Web for a-plenty

Historical Examples of a-plenty

  • You make out a list of what dope you want—and be sure yuh get a-plenty.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for a-plenty


adjective, adverb (postpositive)

in plenty
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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.

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