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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adjective, adverb (postpositive)

in plenty
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Word Origin and History for aplenty

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

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