When you have lots of something, you have a large amount. When your dad asks how much ice cream you want in your bowl, you can answer, "Lots."

In some cases, you can use the informal lots interchangeably with a lot, like when you promise your teacher you'll spend lots of time studying your spelling words. And if you're recovering nicely from the flu, you can say you feel lots better. Lots was originally used this way beginning around 1800, and even though it doesn't conform to formal English, we still use it lots today.

Definitions of lots
  1. noun
    a large number or amount
    “made lots of new friends”
    synonyms: dozens, gobs, heaps, lashings, loads, oodles, piles, rafts, scads, scores, slews, stacks, tons, wads
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    type of:
    large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
  2. adverb
    to a very great degree or extent
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