[plen-tee-uh s]


plentiful; copious; abundant: a plenteous supply of food.
yielding abundantly; fruitful: a plenteous harvest.

Origin of plenteous

1250–1300; Middle English plenteus (see plenty, -ous); replacing Middle English plentivous < Old French plentivos, equivalent to plentif abundant (plent(e) plenty + -if -ive) + -os -ous
Related formsplen·te·ous·ly, adverbplen·te·ous·ness, nouno·ver·plen·te·ous, adjectiveo·ver·plen·te·ous·ly, adverbo·ver·plen·te·ous·ness, nounun·plen·te·ous, adjectiveun·plen·te·ous·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for plenteous

Historical Examples of plenteous

  • For when has Desdemona shown high and plenteous wit or invention?

  • At once a table stood before him, covered with a fine and plenteous meal.

  • Being slow to anger and plenteous in mercy, I will forgive you if you come soon.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • If you would have plenteous grace, young reader, seek it now!

    Broken Bread

    Thomas Champness

  • All these beasts, and many more, were enjoying a plenteous repast.

    The Bush Boys

    Captain Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for plenteous



ample; abundanta plenteous supply of food
producing or yielding abundantlya plenteous grape harvest
Derived Formsplenteously, adverbplenteousness, noun

Word Origin for plenteous

C13 plenteus, from Old French plentivous, from plentif abundant, from plenté plenty
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Word Origin and History for plenteous

c.1300, plentivous, from Old French plentiveus "fertile, rich" (early 13c.), from plentif "abundant," from plentee "abundance" (see plenty). Related: Plentifully; plentifulness.

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