Simple Definition of handful
: an amount that you can hold in your hand
: a small amount or number
: someone or something that is difficult to control
Examples of handful in a sentence
The children collected seashells by the handful.
Our dog is a real handful.
Before 12th Century
First Known Use of handful
before 12th century
HANDFUL Defined for Kids
Definition of handful for Students
1 : as much or as many as the hand will grasp
2 : a small amount or number <Only a handful of people came.>
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