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plenty

[plen-tee]
noun, plural plenties.
1.
a full or abundant supply or amount: There is plenty of time.
2.
the state or quality of being plentiful; abundance: resources in plenty.
3.
an abundance, as of goods or luxuries, or a time of such abundance: the plenty of a rich harvest; the plenty that comes with peace.
adjective
4.
existing in ample quantity or number; plentiful; abundant: Food is never too plenty in the area.
5.
more than sufficient; ample: That helping is plenty for me.
adverb
6.
Informal. fully; quite: plenty good enough.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English plente < Old French; replacing Middle English plenteth < Old French plented, plentet < Latin plēnitāt- (stem of plēnitās) fullness. See plenum, -ity

overplenty, noun

abundance, plenty, profusion (see synonym study at the current entry).


2. plenteousness, copiousness, luxuriance, affluence. Plenty, abundance, profusion refer to a large quantity or supply. Plenty suggests a supply that is fully adequate to any demands: plenty of money. Abundance implies a great plenty, an ample and generous oversupply: an abundance of rain. Profusion applies to such a lavish and excessive abundance as often suggests extravagance or prodigality: luxuries in great profusion.


The construction plenty of is standard in all varieties of speech and writing: plenty of room in the shed. The use of plenty preceding a noun, without an intervening of, first appeared in the late 19th century: plenty room in the shed. It occurs today chiefly in informal speech. As an adverb, a use first recorded in the mid-19th century, plenty is also informal and is found chiefly in speech or written representations of speech.
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plenty (ˈplɛntɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  (often foll by of) a great number, amount, or quantity; lots: plenty of time; there are plenty of cars on display here
2.  generous or ample supplies of wealth, produce, or resources: the age of plenty
3.  in plenty existing in abundance: food in plenty
 
determiner
4.  a.  very many; ample: plenty of people believe in ghosts
 b.  (as pronoun): there's plenty more; that's plenty, thanks
 
adv
5.  not standard chiefly (US) (intensifier): he was plenty mad
6.  informal more than adequately; abundantly: the water's plenty hot enough
 
[C13: from Old French plenté, from Late Latin plēnitās fullness, from Latin plēnus full]

Plenty (ˈplɛntɪ)
 
n
Bay of Plenty a large bay of the Pacific on the NE coast of the North Island, New Zealand

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plenty
early 13c., from O.Fr. plentet (12c., Mod.Fr. dial. plenté), from L. plenitatem (nom. plenitas) "fullness," from plenus "complete, full" (see plenary). The colloquial adv. meaning "very much" is first attested 1842. Plentiful is first recorded late 15c.
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