- A full or completely adequate amount or supply: plenty of time.
- A large quantity or amount; an abundance: “Awards and honors came to her in plenty” ( Joyce Carol Oates )
- A condition of general abundance or prosperity: “fruitful regions gladdened by plenty and lulled by peace!” ( Samuel Johnson )
Sufficiently; very: It's plenty hot.
Plentiful; abundant: “Ships were then not so plenty in those waters as now” ( Herman Melville )
Origin of plenty
Middle English from
Old French plente from
Latin plēnitās from plēnus full
; see pelə-1
in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural plenties)
- A more than adequate amount.
- We are lucky to live in a land of peace and plenty.
While some dictionaries analyse this word as a noun, others analyse it as a pronoun, or as both a noun and a pronoun.
- More than enough.
- I think six eggs should be plenty for this recipe.
See the notes about the noun.
- More than sufficiently.
- This office is plenty big enough for our needs.
- (colloquial) Used as an intensifier, very.
- She was plenty mad at him.
- (nonstandard) Much, enough.
- There'll be plenty time later for that
- (nonstandard) Many.
- Get a manicure. Plenty men do it.
(comparative more plenty, superlative most plenty)
- 1836, The American Gardener's Magazine and Register, volume 2, page 279:
- Radishes are very plenty. Of cabbages a few heads of this year's crop have come to hand this week, and sold readily at quotations; [...]
From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman plentÃ©, from Old French plentÃ©, from Latin plenitatem, accusative of plenitas (“fullness"), from plenus (“complete, full"), from Proto-Indo-European *plÌ¥hâ‚nÃ³s (“full") (English full, via Proto-Germanic).