[ plen-ti-fuhl ]
/ ˈplɛn tɪ fəl /


existing in great plenty: Coal was plentiful, and therefore cheap, in that region.
yielding abundantly: a plentiful source of inspiration.

Nearby words

  1. plenitude,
  2. plenitudinous,
  3. pleno jure,
  4. plenteous,
  5. plenteously,
  6. plentitude,
  7. plenty,
  8. plenum,
  9. plenum system,
  10. plenum ventilation

Origin of plentiful

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at plenty, -ful

Related forms
Can be confusedplanetary plenary plentiful plenitude

Synonym study

1. Plentiful, ample, abundant, bountiful describe a more than adequate supply of something. Plentiful suggests an over-adequate quantity: a plentiful supply. Ample suggests a more than adequate quality as well: to give ample praise. Abundant implies a greater degree of plenty, and bountiful a still more ample quality as well: an abundant, even a bountiful, harvest. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for plentifully


/ (ˈplɛntɪfʊl) /


ample; abundant
having or yielding an abundancea plentiful year
Derived Formsplentifully, adverbplentifulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for plentifully



late 15c., from plenty + -ful. Related: Plentifully.

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