Alot Definition and Meaning: What Does Alot Mean?

Alot Definition

Adv. 1. a lot - to a very great degree or extent; "I feel a lot better"; "we enjoyed ourselves very much"; "she was very much interested"; "this would help a great deal"

a good deal, a great deal, lots, very much, much

Can be confused: a lot, allot.

Alot is the misspelling of "a lot" (two words) and means "to a great degree or extent, very much, many"

He has a lot of time.

She feels a lot better.

"Alot" can be found in informal writings. However, "alot" is considered nonstandard English and should not be used.

Usage note

As a noun and adverb, a lot is frequently misspelled as alot.

Idioms & Phrases

a lot

Very many, a large number; also, very much. For example, A lot of people think the economy is declining, or Sad movies always made her cry a lot. It is sometimes put as a whole lot for greater emphasis, as in I learned a whole lot in his class. It may also emphasize a comparative indication of amount, as in We need a whole lot more pizza to feed everyone, or Mary had a lot less nerve than I expected. [Colloquial; early 1800s]

Definition of LOT


: an object used as a counter in determining a question by chance


a : the use of lots as a means of deciding something

b : the resulting choice


a : something that comes to one upon whom a lot has fallen : share

b : one's way of life or worldly fate : fortune


a : a portion of land

b : a measured parcel of land having fixed boundaries and designated on a plot or survey

c : a motion-picture studio and its adjoining property

d : an establishment for the storage or sale of motor vehicles <a used car lot>


a : a number of units of an article, a single article, or a parcel of articles offered as one item (as in an auction sale)

b : all the members of a present group, kind, or quantity —usually used with the <sampled the whole lot of desserts>


a : a number of associated persons : set <fell in with a rough lot>

b : kind, sort


: a considerable quantity or extent <a lot of money> <lots of friends>

— all over the lot

: covering a wide or varied range <received bids all over the lot>

— a lot


: to a considerable degree or extent <this is a lot nicer>


: often, frequently <runs a lot every day>


: lots

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Examples of LOT

  1. He bought the vacant lot across the street.

  2. They own the house on the corner lot.

  3. We took a tour of the Universal lot.

  4. The organization has done much to improve the lot of underprivileged youth.

  5. Unhappy with her lot in life, she moved to the city to start over.

Origin of LOT

Middle English, from Old English hlot; akin to Old High German hlōz

First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to LOT


  • parcel, plat, plot, property, tract


  • ace, bit, dab, dram, driblet, glimmer, handful, hint, lick, little, mite, mouthful, nip, ounce, peanuts, pinch, pittance, scruple, shade, shadow, smidgen (also smidgeon or smidgin or smidge), speck, spot, sprinkle, sprinkling, strain, streak, suspicion, tad, taste, touch, trace

Related Words

  • patch; frontage; lease; development; real estate

Near Antonyms

  • atom, crumb, dot, fleck, flyspeck, fragment, grain, granule, iota, jot, modicum, molecule, mote, nubbin, particle, ray, scintilla, scrap, shred, tittle, whit; smatter, smattering; dash, drop, morsel, shot; piece, portion, section; absence, dearth, famine, lack, paucity, poverty, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, undersupply, want; deficiency, deficit, inadequacy, insufficiency, meagerness, scantiness, scantness, skimpiness

Rhymes with LOT

aught, baht, blot, bot, clot, cot, dot, ghat, grot, hot, jot, khat, knot, kyat, lotte, Mott, motte, naught, not, plot, pot, rot, scot, Scot, shot, skat, slot, snot, sot, spot, squat, stot, swat, swot, tot, trot, watt, Watt, what, wot, yacht
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