Word of the Day Archive
Saturday July 19, 2003
copious \KOH-pee-uhs\ , adjective:
1. Affording an abundant supply; plentifully furnished; lavish.
2. Large in quantity; plentiful, profuse; abundant.
3. Full of information or matter.
Here once again was evidence that, as Pope wrote of Homer, Armstrong's art "is like a copious nursery which contains the seeds and first productions of every kind, out of which those who followed him have but selected some particular plants."
-- Gary Giddins, Visions of Jazz
She thought about the planets all day and wrote copious odes to them.
-- Paul West, Life With Swan
When the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) exfiltrated the defector and his family from Russia in 1992, it also brought out six cases containing the copious notes he had taken almost daily for twelve years, before his retirement in 1984, on top secret KGB files going as far back as 1918.
-- Christopher Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin, The Sword and the Shield
A sign of his ambivalence towards his mother is evident in his almost complete failure to mention her in his copious journals.
-- Peter Martin, A Life of James Boswell
Copious is from Latin copiosus, from copia, "plenty, abundance."