Definition of copious in English:



  • 1Abundant in supply or quantity.

    ‘she took copious notes’
    • ‘Nothing was wasted; the copious quantities of fat produced as a by-product would be sold to the fish and chip trade.’
    • ‘The weekend and today have been mostly taking it easy drinking copious amounts of tea and sleeping all day today.’
    • ‘All her pails, rags, and brushes were over there, along with copious supplies of soot.’
    • ‘Life is so much easier these days, with supermarkets providing us with copious supplies of fruit and vegetables all year round.’
    • ‘The copious quantities of salt in this product are unlikely to help matters either.’
    • ‘However, like all lawyers, he came to the interview carrying copious notes!’
    • ‘The funniest moment happened when I noticed one guest drinking a rather copious amount of someone else's gin.’
    • ‘"I try to take copious notes on song quality, " he adds.’
    • ‘Bound elegantly with copious footnotes, this is a monument to a scholar's lifetime work.’
    • ‘My advice is to go to see this film sooner, rather than later because you may well want to return to see it again armed with a pen and copious amounts of paper.’
    • ‘There is a copious supply of comment forms for residents of Bingley to write their thoughts on and a ballot box into which to deposit the forms.’
    • ‘I'm worryingly sober, despite a rather copious amount of alcohol consumed.’
    • ‘He now has 15 diaries filled with copious notes, running into more than 5,000 pages.’
    • ‘A sensible approach was taken to the game and copious quantities of water were supplied to the players in an effort to stop them dehydrating.’
    • ‘Pumpkins need copious amounts of food and water, particularly at the small seedling stage and when flowers and fruits are forming.’
    • ‘The result is a very long book of just under 500 pages with copious references.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the King Cobra, which has a relatively less potent venom, injects a copious quantity in one bite.’
    • ‘As a result of his faulty strategy, White now loses copious quantities of material.’
    • ‘It has a year-long mild climate, copious supplies of fresh water, vegetation and trees that contain plenty of good things to eat.’
    • ‘But my greatest one is - by far and away - the ability to watch copious amounts of television.’
    abundant, superabundant, plentiful, ample, profuse, full, extensive, considerable, substantial, generous, bumper, lavish, fulsome, liberal, bountiful, overflowing, abounding, teeming
    in abundance
    many, numerous, multiple, multifarious, multitudinous, manifold, countless, innumerable
    a gogo, galore
    bounteous, plenteous
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    1. 1.1archaic Profuse in speech or ideas.
      ‘I had been a little too copious in talking of my country’
      • ‘Typically courteous, he began his acceptance speech by offering copious thanks to all and sundry.’
      prolific, abundant, ample, extravagant, lavish, liberal, unstinting, fulsome, effusive, gushing, immoderate, unrestrained, excessive, inordinate
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Late Middle English: from Old French copieux or Latin copiosus, from copia plenty.