plenty

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman plenté, from Old French plenté, from Latin plenitatem, accusative of plenitas (fullness), from plenus (complete, full), from Proto-Indo-European *pl̥h₁nós (full) (English full, via Proto-Germanic). Related from Latin to complete, deplete, replete.

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Noun[edit]

plenty (countable and uncountable, plural plenties)

  1. A more than adequate amount.
    We are lucky to live in a land of peace and plenty.
    • 1798, Thomas Malthus, An Essay on the Principle of Population:
      During this season of distress, the discouragements to marriage, and the difficulty of rearing a family are so great that population is at a stand. In the mean time the cheapness of labour, the plenty of labourers, and the necessity of an increased industry amongst them, encourage cultivators to employ more labour upon their land, to turn up fresh soil, and to manure and improve more completely what is already in tillage

Usage notes[edit]

While some dictionaries analyse this word as a noun,[1][2] others analyse it as a pronoun,[3] or as both a noun and a pronoun.[4][5][6]

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Pronoun[edit]

plenty

  1. More than enough.
    I think six eggs should be plenty for this recipe.

Usage notes[edit]

See the notes about the noun.

Adverb[edit]

plenty (not comparable)

  1. More than sufficiently.
    This office is plenty big enough for our needs.
  2. (colloquial) Used as an intensifier, very.
    She was plenty mad at him.
    • 26 June 2014, A.A Dowd, AV Club Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler spoof rom-com clichés in They Came Together[1]
      Seeing clichés mimicked this skillfully is plenty hilarious.

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Determiner[edit]

plenty

  1. (nonstandard) much, enough
    There'll be plenty time later for that
  2. (nonstandard) many
    Get a manicure. Plenty men do it.

Adjective[edit]

plenty (comparative more plenty, superlative most plenty)

  1. (obsolete) plentiful
    • 1597, Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I, Act I, Scene IV:
      if reasons were as plenty as blackberries
    • 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; [...]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ plenty” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  2. ^ plenty” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online
  3. ^ Macmillan
  4. ^ oxforddictionaries.com
  5. ^ Harrap's essential English Dictionary (1996)
  6. ^ Heinemann English Dictionary (2001)