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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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Examples from the Web for copiously
Historical Examples
  • He means every word he says; and if he is copiously rhetorical, set it all down to the literary temperament.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • Whence comes the yeast which issues so copiously from the fermenting tub?

  • We can honestly commend Professor Pouchet's book, which is admirably, as it is copiously illustrated.

    The Dash for Khartoum George Alfred Henty
  • In them the principles of morality should be copiously intermingled with the principles of science.

    Popular Education Ira Mayhew
  • It has already been stated that a large number of Bacon's books have been recovered, copiously annotated by him.

    The Mystery of Francis Bacon William T. Smedley
  • The labours of the twenty prime years of his manhood have been copiously bewailed.

    Milton Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
  • This, however, will be carefully and copiously discussed in another and more fitting place.

    The City of God, Volume I Aurelius Augustine
  • It is generally supposed that dew is formed most copiously in the mornings and evenings.

    The Reason Why Anonymous
  • On arriving at Court, the Legate opened his sweet box, and copiously gave out its smooth confectionery.

  • copiously illustrated and well provided with maps and plans.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
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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