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plen·​ty | \ ˈplen-tē How to pronounce plenty (audio) \

Definition of plenty

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: an adequate or more than adequate number or amount of something : a number or amount of something that is enough for a particular purpose had plenty of time to finish the job plenty of room I don't need more. I have plenty. There's plenty to do/see here.



Definition of plenty (Entry 2 of 4)

: an abundance especially of material things that permit a satisfactory life : a condition or time of abundance a feeling of plenty a land of plenty a season of plenty
in plenty
: present or existing in large amounts : in abundance There were eggs in plenty not far off, in the hen house.— Robert C. O'Brien … academics can cite evidence in plenty … to justify their skepticism.— Peter Green



Definition of plenty (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : plentiful in amount, number, or supply if reasons were as plenty as blackberries— William Shakespeare
2 : ample plenty work to be doneTime



Definition of plenty (Entry 4 of 4)

: more than sufficiently : to a considerable degree the nights were plenty cold— F. B. Gipson

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Using Plenty as an Adjective: Usage Guide


Many commentators object to use of sense 2 in writing; it appears to be limited chiefly to spoken English. Sense 1 is literary but is no longer in common use.

Using Plenty as an Adverb: Usage Guide


Many handbooks advise avoiding the adverb plenty in writing; "use very, quite, or a more precise word," they advise. Actually plenty is often a more precise word than its recommended replacements; very, fully, or quite will not work as well in these typical quotations. it's already plenty hot for us in the kitchen without some dolt opening the oven — C. H. Bridges may not be rising quite as rapidly as other health costs, but it is going up plenty fast Changing Times It is not used in more formal writing.

Examples of plenty in a Sentence

Noun They thought of America as the land of plenty. you'll have plenty of time to make your connecting flight Adjective we've picked plenty blueberries, so there'll be some left over after we make the pie Adverb There's plenty more where that came from. The car is plenty large enough to fit six people.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Meanwhile, there are plenty of things in the stockpile that aren’t particularly helpful right now – botulism antitoxin, for instance, and millions of doses of smallpox vaccine. Andrew Lakoff, The Conversation, "Coronavirus: Strategic National Stockpile was ready, but not for this," 2 Apr. 2020 There are plenty of nurses and social workers and doctors who don't do this normally. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "An Ethicist on How to Make Impossible Decisions," 1 Apr. 2020 But there have been plenty of awesome moments sandwiched between the awful football. Eric Branch,, "Top 49ers games of past decade: Kaepernick dominates early years," 1 Apr. 2020 The high school basketball season was cut short, but there were still plenty of great moments from this year. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, "Futures on hold: What high school athletes are doing to attract attention of college coaches," 1 Apr. 2020 Maybe that’s not entirely distinct from Zoom happy hours or Skype trivia at a time when there are plenty of digital channels for connecting. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "The Party Goes On in Massive Online Worlds," 1 Apr. 2020 If that’s the case, there would be plenty of follow-up questions, including the start date for 2020-21. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love wants NBA schedule to remain the same moving forward," 1 Apr. 2020 From yoga to barre to bootcamps, there are plenty of options. oregonlive, "Virtual fitness during coronavirus crisis: Online options for staying in shape during self-isolation," 31 Mar. 2020 There are also plenty of smart, healthy people who are sheltering in place or social distancing who would love to help. Eric D. Perakslis, STAT, "Create a cadre of community health workers to fight Covid-19 in the U.S.," 31 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Corey Ruben’s 3-point goal erased a 58-57 Sam Rayburn with 50 seconds left but that was plenty of time for the Texans to tie it with the aid of an inbounds play with 18 seconds remaining. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park, La Porte teams finish 7-8 at Texas Invitational," 25 Nov. 2019 That's plenty quick, yet still well short of the 3.8-second zero-to-60-mph run that the latest Mustang GT can do when fitted with its optional 10-speed automatic transmission. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Our Ford Mustang Bullitt Remains a Lovable Steed Through an Unlovable Season," 16 Mar. 2020 Although there seems to be plenty of time to get a new deal done, the NFL's business season does start less than a month from now on March 18, when free agency begins. Editors, USA TODAY, "Roger Stone sentencing, Trump rally tour, California's apology: 5 things to know Thursday," 20 Feb. 2020 For the nature explorers This summer there will be plenty of opportunities for kids to explore the outdoors. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "Your guide to some of the coolest summer camps for kids around Indianapolis," 5 Mar. 2020 There might be plenty of talented young players coming through the U.S. pipelines, but the USMNT’s lack of toughness on the big stage is maddening for long-time observers of the team. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Game changer: Alabama-grown soccer player breaks through for USMNT," 30 Jan. 2020 But there will be plenty of family support in Miami: Liz will be there with her girlfriend, and Steph will be there with her husband, who coincidentally grew up cheering for the 49ers. Dave Skretta,, "Trailblazing 49ers assistant Katie Sowers has roots in Chiefs territory," 25 Jan. 2020 From local college products like Justin Herbert and Calvin Throckmorton of Oregon and Charlie Taumoepeau of Portland State, there will be plenty of future pros to watch during Saturday’s game. Sean Meagher | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "When is the 2020 Senior Bowl? Date, time, location, rosters, TV channel & how to watch live stream," 22 Jan. 2020 The weekend will be chilly, but there will be plenty of sunshine. Dallas News, "Last wet day before drying out," 17 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Ideal for breezy summer days, the floral pattern is also plenty cheerful, while the peekaboo lace shoulders provide for an effortlessly feminine touch. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Neiman Marcus is offering a steep discount on Longchamp, Ted Baker, and more," 3 Apr. 2020 The selfie camera does this too, and the photos came out plenty clear. Will Egensteiner, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Camera Phones, Whether You’re an Apple Fan or Android Adherent," 31 Mar. 2020 Jersey sheets are a good budget-friendly alternative and are still plenty cozy, and people sing the praises of trendy, eco-friendly bamboo and its ability to deliver the smoothness needed for a next-level snooze. Erin Parker, Glamour, "The Best Bed Sheets for a Ridiculously Good Night’s Sleep," 12 Mar. 2020 Van Wagenen has deleted most of them, but plenty remained: one request for $100, and another for $1,200. James Wagner, New York Times, "Frustrated Fans Ask the Mets: Can We Venmo You?," 27 Feb. 2020 In keeping with its statewide record, Seneca’s Monday morning temps were plenty frosty. oregonlive, "What’s Oregon’s all-time coldest temperature? It was recorded on this date in 1933.," 10 Feb. 2020 Making matters tougher was the fact that, with Robinson and Burks now leaving, the Warriors figure to endure plenty more blowouts. Connor Letourneau,, "Trade deadline overshadows Warriors’ blowout loss to Nets," 5 Feb. 2020 Askew conceded the six-member class, ranked the top in the country, is already plenty talented. Greg Levinsky, The Courier-Journal, "How 2020 recruits pitch UK basketball to other high school stars, including Cliff Omoruyi," 20 Jan. 2020 From flexible offices for startups from newcomer Knotel to the rapid expansion of The Wing’s women-only professional spaces, there’s plenty more of this kind of innovation to watch for in 2020. See more design news below. Margaret Rhodes, Fortune, "The Luminaries—Past and Present—Reimagining the Modern Office," 30 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of plenty

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

13th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1775, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for plenty


Middle English plente, from Anglo-French plenté, from Late Latin plenitat-, plenitas, from Latin, fullness, from plenus full — more at full

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The first known use of plenty was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

Plenty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of plenty

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a large number or amount of something : a number or amount of something that is enough for a particular purpose



English Language Learners Definition of plenty (Entry 2 of 3)

formal : the state of having enough of the things that make life good and easy



English Language Learners Definition of plenty (Entry 3 of 3)

informal : to a great degree : more than enough


plen·​ty | \ ˈplen-tē How to pronounce plenty (audio) \

Kids Definition of plenty

: a full supply : more than enough

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