Ample describes an abundance of something. An ample supply of apple muffins at the bake sale is a good thing, as is ample legroom in your new van, but you probably don't want your ample waistline spilling over the top of your jeans.

Like amplify (crank up the volume), ample is from the Latin word amplus, meaning "large or spacious" and has the word plus in it, like plus-sized models. Ample can be enough or even too much of something. It's great when there's ample parking or water for the hike, but there are things that some people don't want more of, like extra pounds. It's a cheeky insult to tell someone he or she has ample thighs, but we'd all be happy if we had ample time and money.

Definitions of ample

adj more than enough in size or scope or capacity

“had ample food for the party”
“an ample supply”
present in great quantity
full, good
having the normally expected amount
more than adequate
full, wide, wide-cut
having ample fabric
of a quantity that can fulfill a need or requirement but without being abundant
meager, meagerly, meagre, scrimpy, stingy
deficient in amount or quality or extent
deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand
bare, scanty, spare
lacking in amplitude or quantity
extremely scanty
providing only bare essentials
barely satisfying a lower standard
measly, miserable, paltry
contemptibly small in amount
minimal, minimum
the least possible
deficient, insufficient
of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement
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adj affording an abundant supply

“had ample food for the party”
copious, plenteous, plentiful, rich
present in great quantity

adj fairly large

“an ample waistline”
“of ample proportions”
sizable, sizeable
big, large
above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent

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