- The definition of plenty is enough or an adequate amount.
An example of plenty used as an adjective is in the phrase "plenty of plates for serving food," which means that there are more than enough plates for serving.
- Plenty is defined as fully or enough.
An example of plenty used as an adverb is in the phrase "plenty tasty," which means tasty enough or quite tasty.
- Plenty means enough or more than enough.
An example of plenty used as a noun is in the sentence, "As for food, there is plenty," which means that there is more than enough food.
- prosperity; opulence
- a plentiful or abundant supply; enough or more than enough
- a large number; multitude: plenty of errors
Origin of plentyMiddle English plente from Middle French plenté from Classical Latin plenitas from plenus, full
- 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 )
Origin of plentyMiddle English from Old French plente from Latin plēnitās from plēnus full ; see pelə-1 in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural plenties)
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.
(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; [...]