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 determiner ‘there was plenty room’
    • ‘It could mean that she has no secrets or that she has plenty but has no room to tell us what they are.’
    • ‘So Boris achieved his end, drank plenty, signed books and made some more money.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In addition to their artistic importance, there's certainly plenty to talk about.’
    • ‘There is plenty to sort out - asylum, crime, health and education to mention but a few.’
    • ‘Adults and children alike will have plenty to see at Bowood House, which caters for all the family.’
    • ‘With an average of eight A grades per pupil, there was plenty for all to celebrate at St Mary's.’
    • ‘He has plenty to say, but because it doesn't come naturally, he pretends that he doesn't.’
    • ‘On bad days, and there have been plenty, Nicki would express herself by battering people.’
    • ‘He still has plenty to prove next season after three barren years following his accident abroad.’
    • ‘No matter what your interest, there is plenty to see and do at the Holker Garden Festival this year.’
    • ‘I couldn't charge as much rent, but there was surely plenty to be recouped in stealth taxes.’
    • ‘The actual driving is very impressive, with car and track physics giving you plenty to cope with.’
    • ‘Cheerful in a different way, for sure, but I still have plenty to be cheery about.’
    • ‘The tall winger still had plenty to do, but he outpaced a couple of defenders to score between the posts.’
    • ‘Efforts are underway to renovate the historic centre of the city, but there is still plenty to see.’
    • ‘All in all, then, a pretty mixed bag with plenty for all the three main political parties to ponder.’
    • ‘The slate-built village itself above the lake also has plenty to offer the sightseer.’
    • ‘On the other hand there is plenty we citizens can do to bring about a positive outcome.’
    • ‘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
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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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For a democracy enjoying peace and plenty, the terms of the Bill were sweeping.’
    • ‘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
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informal usually as submodifier
  • Used to emphasize the degree of something.

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