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From Middle English, circa 1300, from Old French plentiveus (fertile, rich) (early 13th century), from plentif (abundant), from plenté (abundance)[1] (Modern French pleinté, English plenty), from Latin plenitatem, accusative of plenitas (fullness), from plenus (complete, full), from Proto-Indo-European *pl̥h₁nós (full).


plenteous (comparative more plenteous, superlative most plenteous)

  1. In plenty; abundant.
    His farm, though small, nevertheless allowed him a plenteous supply of healthy food.
    • Milton
      Reaping plenteous crop.
  2. (obsolete) Having plenty; abounding; rich.
    • Bible, Deuteronomy xxviii. 11.
      The Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods.

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  1. ^ plenteous” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2017.