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copious

[koh-pee-uh s]
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adjective
  1. large in quantity or number; abundant; plentiful: copious amounts of food.
  2. having or yielding an abundant supply: a copious larder; a copious harvest.
  3. exhibiting abundance or fullness, as of thoughts or words.
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Origin of copious

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin cōpiōsus plentiful, rich, equivalent to cōpi(a) wealth (co- co- + op(s) Ops + -ia -ia) + -ōsus -ous
Related formsco·pi·ous·ly, adverbco·pi·ous·ness, co·pi·os·i·ty [koh-pee-os-i-tee] /ˌkoʊ piˈɒs ɪ ti/, nouno·ver·co·pi·ous, adjectiveo·ver·co·pi·ous·ly, adverbo·ver·co·pi·ous·ness, nounun·co·pi·ous, adjective

Synonyms

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1. bountiful.

Synonym study

2. See ample.

Antonyms

1. scanty, scarce. 3. meager.
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Examples from the Web for copiously

Historical Examples

  • The leaves still dripped, though not so copiously as at first.

    Phil Bradley's Mountain Boys

    Silas K. Boone

  • He could quote Scripture by the fathom, and when in his cups used to do so copiously.

  • Whence comes the yeast which issues so copiously from the fermenting tub?

  • In them the principles of morality should be copiously intermingled with the principles of science.

  • The labours of the twenty prime years of his manhood have been copiously bewailed.

    Milton

    Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh


British Dictionary definitions for copiously

copious

adjective
  1. abundant; extensive in quantity
  2. having or providing an abundant supply
  3. full of words, ideas, etc; profuse
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Derived Formscopiously, adverbcopiousness, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Latin cōpiōsus well supplied, from cōpia abundance, from ops wealth
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Word Origin and History for copiously

copious

adj.

mid-14c., from Latin copiosus "plentiful," from copia "an abundance, ample supply, profusion, plenty," from com- "with" (see com-) + ops (genitive opis) "power, wealth, resources," from PIE root *op- "to work, produce in abundance" (see opus). Related: Copiously.

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