a lot

a lot  {n.},  {informal}
A large number or amount; very many or very much; lots.
I learned a lot in Mr. Smith's class.
A lot of our friends are going to the beach this summer.
- Often used like an adverb.
Ella is a jolly girl; she laughs a lot.
Grandfather was very sick last week, but he's a lot better now.
You'll have to study a lot harder if you want to pass.
- Also used as an adjective with "more", "less", and "fewer".
There was a good crowd at the game today, but a lot more will come next week.
- Often used with "whole" for emphasis.
John has a whole lot of marbles.
Jerry is a whole lot taller than he was a year ago.
Contrast: A FEW, A LITTLE.
Categories: adverb emphasis informal noun study