AskDefine | Define copious

Dictionary Definition

copious adj
1 large in number or quantity (especially of discourse); "she took copious notes"; "extensive press coverage"; "a subject of voluminous legislation" [syn: extensive, voluminous]
2 affording an abundant supply; "had ample food for the party"; "copious provisions"; "food is plentiful"; "a plenteous grape harvest"; "a rich supply" [syn: ample, plenteous, plentiful, rich]

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English

Etymology

From etyl la copiosus, copia + -osus

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. Great in quantity or number, profuse, abundant.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiry concerning Human Understanding. Section 3. § 18.
      These loose hints I have thrown together, in order to excite the curiosity of philosophers, and beget a suspicion at least, if not a full persuasion, that this subject is very copious,
  2. Having an abundant supply.

Translations

great in quantity
  • Portuguese: abundante
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