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1. Abundant; copious: plenteous crops. See Synonyms at plentiful.
2. Archaic Producing or yielding in abundance: plentiful land.

[Middle English, alteration of plentivous, from Old French plentiveus, from plentif, from plente, plenty; see plenty.]

plen′te·ous·ly adv.
plen′te·ous·ness n.


1. ample; abundant: a plenteous supply of food.
2. producing or yielding abundantly: a plenteous grape harvest.
[C13 plenteus, from Old French plentivous, from plentif abundant, from plenté plenty]
ˈplenteously adv
ˈplenteousness n


(ˈplɛn ti əs)

1. plentiful; abundant.
2. yielding abundantly; fruitful: a plenteous harvest.
[1250–1300; Middle English plenteus (see plenty, -ous); replacing Middle English plentivous < Old French plentivos=plentif abundant (plent(e) plenty + -if -ive) + -os -ous]
plen′te•ous•ly, adv.
plen′te•ous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.plenteous - affording an abundant supplyplenteous - affording an abundant supply; "had ample food for the party"; "copious provisions"; "food is plentiful"; "a plenteous grape harvest"; "a rich supply"
abundant - present in great quantity; "an abundant supply of water"


وافِر، مُتَوَفِّر
ríkulegur, kappnógur


(ˈplenti) pronoun
1. a sufficient amount; enough. I don't need any more books – I've got plenty; We've got plenty of time to get there.
2. a large amount. He's got plenty of money.
That's plenty, thank you!
ˈplenteous (-tiəs) adjective
ˈplentiful adjective
existing in large amounts. a plentiful supply.
References in classic literature ?
I had known what it was to come back to Gateshead when a child after a long walk, to be scolded for looking cold or gloomy; and later, what it was to come back from church to Lowood, to long for a plenteous meal and a good fire, and to be unable to get either.
The lane was a very cloistral one, with a ribbon of gravelly road, bordered on each side with a rich margin of turf and a scramble of blackberry bushes, green turf banks and dwarf oak-trees making a rich and plenteous shade.
Author of evil, unknown till thy revolt, Unnam'd in Heav'n, now plenteous, as thou seest These Acts of hateful strife, hateful to all, Though heaviest by just measure on thy self And thy adherents: how hast thou disturb'd Heav'ns blessed peace, and into Nature brought Miserie, uncreated till the crime Of thy Rebellion?
The busy and sagacious bees fixed their republic in the clefts of the rocks and hollows of the trees, offering without usance the plenteous produce of their fragrant toil to every hand.
Up this lay the secure and plenteous hunting region so temptingly described by the Indians.
NOTWITHSTANDING the plenteous gifts which Providence had bestowed on the parents of Maria in the way of descendants, Fortune had sufficiently smiled on his labours to enable him to educate them in what is called a genteel manner, and to support them in a corresponding style.
Its streams the whole creation reach, So plenteous is the store; Enough for all, enough for each, Enough for evermore.
Frances went into an inner room to take off her bonnet, and she came out a model of frugal neatness, with her well-fitting black stuff dress, so accurately defining her elegant bust and taper waist, with her spotless white collar turned back from a fair and shapely neck, with her plenteous brown hair arranged in smooth bands on her temples, and in a large Grecian plait behind: ornaments she had none--neither brooch, ring, nor ribbon; she did well enough without them --perfection of fit, proportion of form, grace of carriage, agreeably supplied their place.
They did so with keen forethought, loading themselves with the choicest parts of the meat, and leaving the late plenteous larder far gone in a consumption.
Wherever snow falls or water flows or birds fly, wherever day and night meet in twilight, wherever the blue heaven is hung by clouds or sown with stars, wherever are forms with transparent boundaries, wherever are outlets into celestial space, wherever is danger, and awe, and love,--there is Beauty, plenteous as rain, shed for thee, and though thou shouldest walk the world over, thou shalt not be able to find a condition inopportune or ignoble.
Solomon Featherstone to work upon, he having more plenteous ideas of the same order, with a suspicion of heaven and earth which was better fed and more entirely at leisure.
That bird Heracles, the valiant son of shapely-ankled Alcmene, slew; and delivered the son of Iapetus from the cruel plague, and released him from his affliction -- not without the will of Olympian Zeus who reigns on high, that the glory of Heracles the Theban-born might be yet greater than it was before over the plenteous earth.