Meaning of “plenty” in the English Dictionary

"plenty" in British English

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plentypronoun, noun, adverb

uk /ˈplen.ti/ us /ˈplen.t̬i/

B1 (the state of having) enough or more than enough, or a large amount:

"Would you like some more wine?" "No thanks, I've had plenty."
Don't grab at the balloons, children - there are plenty for everyone.
We've got plenty of time before we need to leave for the airport.
They've always had plenty of money.
There's plenty to do here.
US informal This car cost me plenty (= a lot of money).
There's plenty more beer in the fridge.

More examples

  • If you have a fever you should drink plenty of fluids.
  • Eat healthily and take plenty of exercise.
  • "There's plenty more cake if you'd like another piece." "I don't mind if I do."
  • There's plenty of cupboard space in the kitchen for all your pots and pans.
  • What's the hurry? We've got plenty of time.

(Definition of “plenty” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"plenty" in American English

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plentynoun [ U ]

us /ˈplen·ti/

an amount or supply that is enough or more than enough, or a large number or amount:

This car has plenty of power.
I didn’t eat them all – there’s plenty left for you.
infml This car cost me plenty (= a lot of money).
Have another sandwich – there’s plenty more where that came from (= a lot more available).
adjective us /ˈplen·tɪ·fəl/

Strawberries are in plentiful supply this year.
adverb [ not gradable ] us /ˈplen·ti/


He was plenty mad.

(Definition of “plenty” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)