Definitions for plentyˈplɛn ti
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
plen•ty*ˈplɛn ti(n.; adj.; adv.)(pl.)-ties
(n.)a full or abundant supply or amount:
There is plenty of time.
the state or quality of being plentiful; abundance:
resources in plenty.
an abundance, as of goods or luxuries, or a time of such abundance:
the years of plenty.
more than sufficient; ample:
This helping is plenty for me.
(adv.)Informal. fully; quite: plenty good enough.
Category: Usage Note
* Usage: The construction plentyof is standard in all varieties of speech and writing: plenty of room in the shed. The use of plenty preceding a noun, without an intervening of , first appeared in the late 19th century: plenty room in the shed. It occurs today chiefly in informal speech. As an adverb, a use first recorded in the mid-19th century, plenty is also informal and occurs chiefly in speech. All these uses are often criticized when they occur in formal contexts.
Origin of plenty:
1175–1225; ME plente(th) < OF plente(d), plentet < L plēnitātem, acc. of plēnitās fullness. See plenum , -ity
plenty, plentifulness, plenteousness, plenitude, plentitude(noun)
a full supply
"there was plenty of food for everyone"
batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad(adverb)
(often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
"a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos"; "it must have cost plenty"; "a slew of journalists"; "a wad of money"
as much as necessary
"Have I eaten enough?"; (`plenty' is nonstandard) "I've had plenty, thanks"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
an amount that is enough or more than enough
There's plenty of time to get there.; There's plenty to do in the city.
a lot or many more
We've written 10 of the letters, but there are plenty more to do.
An adequate amount.
We are lucky to live in a land of peace and plenty.
Sufficiently or very.
This office is plenty big enough for our needs.
A sufficient quantity. More than enough.
full or adequate supply; enough and to spare; sufficiency; specifically, abundant productiveness of the earth; ample supply for human wants; abundance; copiousness
Plenty is a play by David Hare, first performed in 1978, about British post-war disillusion. Susan Traherne, a former secret agent, is a woman conflicted by the contrast between her past, exciting triumphs—she had worked behind enemy lines as a Special Operations Executive courier in Nazi-occupied France during World War II—and the mundane nature of her present life, as the increasingly depressed wife of a diplomat whose career she has destroyed. Viewing society as morally bankrupt, Susan has become self-absorbed, bored, and destructive — the slow deterioration in her mental health mirrors the crises in the ruling class of post-war Britain. Susan Traherne's story is told in a non-linear chronology, alternating between her wartime and post-wartime lives, illustrating how youthful dreams rarely are realised and how a person's personal life can affect the outside world.
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
A desirable condition that is likely to step out whenever Extravagance steps in.
Translations for plenty
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a sufficient amount; enough
I don't need any more books; – I've got plenty; We've got plenty of time to get there.
- وَفْرَه، كَثيرٌ منArabic
- bastantePortuguese (BR)
- nok; rigeligDanish
- bastante, suficienteSpanish
- مقدار کافیFarsi
- (bien) assez deFrench
- דַי וְהוֹתֶרHebrew
- obilje, izobiljeCroatian
- cukup banyakIndonesian
- abbastanza, tantoItalian
- pakankamai daugLithuanian
- pietiekoši; diezganLatvian
- ruimschoots genoegDutch
- mer enn nokNorwegian
- مقدار کافیPersian
- كافى اندازهPashto
- gott omSwedish
- yeterince, fazlasıylaTurkish
- 豐富Chinese (Trad.)
- 丰富Chinese (Simp.)
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