[ koh-pee-uhs ]
/ ˈkoʊ pi əs /


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

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin cōpiōsus plentiful, rich, equivalent to cōpi(a) wealth (co- co- + op(s) Ops + -ia -ia) + -ōsus -ous

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2. See ample. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for copiously


/ (ˈkəʊpɪəs) /


abundant; extensive in quantity
having or providing an abundant supply
full of words, ideas, etc; profuse

Derived Forms

copiously, adverbcopiousness, noun

Word Origin for copious

C14: from Latin cōpiōsus well supplied, from cōpia abundance, from ops wealth
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