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noun, plural plen·ties.
  1. a full or abundant supply or amount: There is plenty of time.
  2. the state or quality of being plentiful; abundance: resources in plenty.
  3. an abundance, as of goods or luxuries, or a time of such abundance: the plenty of a rich harvest; the plenty that comes with peace.
  1. existing in ample quantity or number; plentiful; abundant: Food is never too plenty in the area.
  2. more than sufficient; ample: That helping is plenty for me.
  1. Informal. fully; quite: plenty good enough.

Origin of plenty

1175–1225; Middle English plente < Old French; replacing Middle English plenteth < Old French plented, plentet < Latin plēnitāt- (stem of plēnitās) fullness. See plenum, -ity
Related formso·ver·plen·ty, noun
Can be confusedabundance plenty profusion (see synonym study at the current entry)

Synonyms for plenty

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2. plenteousness, copiousness, luxuriance, affluence. Plenty, abundance, profusion refer to a large quantity or supply. Plenty suggests a supply that is fully adequate to any demands: plenty of money. Abundance implies a great plenty, an ample and generous oversupply: an abundance of rain. Profusion applies to such a lavish and excessive abundance as often suggests extravagance or prodigality: luxuries in great profusion.

Usage note

The construction plenty of is standard in all varieties of speech and writing: plenty of room in the shed. The use of plenty preceding a noun, without an intervening of, first appeared in the late 19th century: plenty room in the shed. It occurs today chiefly in informal speech. As an adverb, a use first recorded in the mid-19th century, plenty is also informal and is found chiefly in speech or written representations of speech. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of plenty

Historical Examples of plenty

  • So while you were having your fun there I was having mine here, and I had it good and plenty.

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    Harry Leon Wilson

  • If they have to stroke 'em they do it plenty gingerly and you can see 'em shudderin' inside like.

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    Harry Leon Wilson

  • I take it fried, about an inch thick, with plenty of ham fat.

  • We have found plenty of water, but no feed; this is better than having no water and plenty of feed.

  • Horses were very thirsty, but there is plenty of water for them.

British Dictionary definitions for plenty


noun plural -ties
  1. (often foll by of) a great number, amount, or quantity; lotsplenty of time; there are plenty of cars on display here
  2. generous or ample supplies of wealth, produce, or resourcesthe age of plenty
  3. in plenty existing in abundancefood in plenty
    1. very many; ampleplenty of people believe in ghosts
    2. (as pronoun)there's plenty more; that's plenty, thanks
  1. not standard, mainly US (intensifier)he was plenty mad
  2. informal more than adequately; abundantlythe water's plenty hot enough

Word Origin for plenty

C13: from Old French plenté, from Late Latin plēnitās fullness, from Latin plēnus full


  1. Bay of Plenty a large bay of the Pacific on the NE coast of the North Island, New Zealand
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Word Origin and History for plenty

mid-13c., "as much as one could desire," from Old French plentee, earlier plentet "abundance, profusion" (12c., Modern French dialectal plenté), from Latin plenitatem (nominative plenitas) "fullness," from plenus "complete, full" (see plenary). Meaning "condition of general abundance" is from late 14c. The colloquial adverb meaning "very much" is first attested 1842. Middle English had parallel formation plenteth, from the older Old French form of the word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with plenty


see under not the only fish in the sea.

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