Definition of plenty in English:



  • A large or sufficient amount or quantity; more than enough.

    ‘I would have plenty of time to get home before my parents arrived’
    ‘you'll have plenty to keep you busy’
    ‘there are shops in plenty’
    [as adjective] [as determiner] informal, dialect ‘there was plenty room’
    • ‘The tall winger still had plenty to do, but he outpaced a couple of defenders to score between the posts.’
    • ‘I couldn't charge as much rent, but there was surely plenty to be recouped in stealth taxes.’
    • ‘On the other hand there is plenty we citizens can do to bring about a positive outcome.’
    • ‘He still has plenty to prove next season after three barren years following his accident abroad.’
    • ‘Adults and children alike will have plenty to see at Bowood House, which caters for all the family.’
    • ‘So Boris achieved his end, drank plenty, signed books and made some more money.’
    • ‘The actual driving is very impressive, with car and track physics giving you plenty to cope with.’
    • ‘For a fourteen year old that is downright insulting and even an eight year old may have plenty to say on his or her own account.’
    • ‘Efforts are underway to renovate the historic centre of the city, but there is still plenty to see.’
    • ‘The slate-built village itself above the lake also has plenty to offer the sightseer.’
    • ‘It could mean that she has no secrets or that she has plenty but has no room to tell us what they are.’
    • ‘On bad days, and there have been plenty, Nicki would express herself by battering people.’
    • ‘There is plenty to sort out - asylum, crime, health and education to mention but a few.’
    • ‘No matter what your interest, there is plenty to see and do at the Holker Garden Festival this year.’
    • ‘In addition to their artistic importance, there's certainly plenty to talk about.’
    • ‘With an average of eight A grades per pupil, there was plenty for all to celebrate at St Mary's.’
    • ‘Cheerful in a different way, for sure, but I still have plenty to be cheery about.’
    • ‘All in all, then, a pretty mixed bag with plenty for all the three main political parties to ponder.’
    • ‘He has plenty to say, but because it doesn't come naturally, he pretends that he doesn't.’
    • ‘So there's still plenty to look forward to and I, for one, plan to relish every second of it.’
    a lot of, many, a great deal of, a good deal of, a large amount of, a large number of, a plethora of, quantities of, enough, more than enough, enough and to spare, no lack of, sufficient, a wealth of, a feast of, a cornucopia of
    loads of, lots of, heaps of, bags of, stacks of, piles of, masses of, tons of, oodles of, oceans of, a raft of, a hatful of, more … than one can shake a stick at
    lashings of
    scads of, a slew of, gobs of, gazillions of
    a swag of
    a shitload of, shitloads of
    a deal of, a mickle of, a peck of
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  • [mass noun] A situation in which food and other necessities are available in sufficiently large quantities.

    ‘such natural phenomena as famine and plenty’
    • ‘On Christmas Day, at least, we hope to bring plenty and warmth to all such cases.’
    • ‘For a democracy enjoying peace and plenty, the terms of the Bill were sweeping.’
    • ‘Those of vague faith hold a perfectly reasonable and defensible position in a world of plenty.’
    • ‘That way he has plenty to feed himself, as well as some of his garden's pests.’
    • ‘Music has given Sudha plenty in life and she plans to give back to it some in her own special way.’
    • ‘Faced with such plenty, it is hard to understand how anyone could go hungry in this part of the world.’
    prosperity, affluence, wealth, opulence, comfort, well-being, luxury
    plentifulness, abundance, fruitfulness, profusion
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  • [usually as submodifier] Used to emphasize the degree of something.

    ‘she has plenty more ideas’
    • ‘My dad's thinking was that it's plenty fast to be in the race.’
    • ‘Seeing animals reproducing in the wild would be plenty magical enough for me.’
    • ‘You didn't stick to your strategy, and it may have cost you plenty in the long run.’
    • ‘There are lots of new properties being built in the area which must bring in plenty more revenue to dispose of.’
    • ‘In my experience, though, it ends up being easy to read and plenty fast.’
    • ‘Or, buy a deck of quiz or trivia cards to keep their brains plenty busy.’
    • ‘Pete isn't what he used to be, but he's still plenty good.’
    • ‘For that reason, many less discriminating viewers will be plenty happy with this movie.’
    • ‘We arrived at around 8pm when there was still plenty enough room to bagsie a decent spot at the bar.’
    • ‘A radio was playing in the other room, so that kept my mind plenty busy.’
    • ‘Windy was still making sure everyone was evacuated, and the other 3 were plenty busy.’
    • ‘Cycle time seems plenty fast, similar to a standard 1911.’
    • ‘It raining plenty back in Jamaica, so much so that even hail was dropping from the sky!’
    • ‘Most gamers will probably find that the default view is plenty good though.’
    very much, much, by a considerable amount, considerably, to a great extent, substantially, appreciably, significantly, markedly, sizeably, seriously, materially, signally, profoundly, to a great degree
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Middle English (in the sense ‘fullness, perfection’): from Old French plente, from Latin plenitas, from plenus full.