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[koh-pee-uh s] /ˈkoʊ pi əs/
large in quantity or number; abundant; plentiful:
copious amounts of food.
having or yielding an abundant supply:
a copious larder; a copious harvest.
exhibiting abundance or fullness, as of thoughts or words.
Origin of copious
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin cōpiōsus plentiful, rich, equivalent to cōpi(a) wealth (co- co- + op(s) Ops + -ia -ia) + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
copiously, adverb
copiousness, copiosity
[koh-pee-os-i-tee] /ˌkoʊ piˈɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
overcopious, adjective
overcopiously, adverb
overcopiousness, noun
uncopious, adjective
1. bountiful. 2. See ample.
1. scanty, scarce. 3. meager. Unabridged
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  • The statistics can be misleading: in places where rain falls copiously and evenly from the skies, withdrawals will be small.
  • Since axions can be produced from light, the sun and other stars should generate them copiously.
  • Now smelling-bottles, wine and everything that could support and stimulate were copiously produced.
  • The machines doing the grunt work loosen the dust and send it airborne where workers can breathe it in copiously.
  • The essay became a touchstone in the heyday of literary theory, reprinted in a slew of anthologies and cited copiously.
  • He was of course a delightful correspondent, and he wrote copiously and to many persons.
  • Haynes produced a plastic bag brought for the purpose and expeditiously and copiously vomited.
  • The blueberries set fruit copiously, but all they ask is acidity and mulch.
  • Everything has been painstakingly and copiously illustrated.
  • However, it wasn't wartime alone that produced these copiously vacant shows.
British Dictionary definitions for copiously


abundant; extensive in quantity
having or providing an abundant supply
full of words, ideas, etc; profuse
Derived Forms
copiously, adverb
copiousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin cōpiōsus well supplied, from cōpia abundance, from ops wealth
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Contemporary definitions for copiously

full of information or matter

Word Origin

Latin copia 'plenty''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for copiously



mid-14c., from Latin copiosus "plentiful," from copia "an abundance, ample supply, profusion, plenty," from com- "with" (see com-) + ops (genitive opis) "power, wealth, resources," from PIE root *op- "to work, produce in abundance" (see opus). Related: Copiously.

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