arm·​ful | \ ˈärm-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce armful (audio) \
plural armfuls\ ˈärm-​ˌfu̇lz How to pronounce armful (audio) \ also armsful\ ˈärmz-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce armful (audio) \

Definition of armful

: as much as the arm or arms can hold

Examples of armful in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ming asks her daughter, euphemistically referring to the onset of puberty, and offering an armful of feminine hygiene products. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2022 Then spend the rest of the afternoon [in Niantic] at the Book Barn, which is really a group of buildings, play chess on the big outdoor table, pet the animals, and go home with an armful of wonderful used books., 20 May 2022 Yet another ran from the store with an armful of shoes and clothing. Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2021 And no one needs a movie that leaves them with an armful of air. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 19 Nov. 2021 Wander the city block-sized shop, snap a selfie of the iconic sign, and turn your reading list into an armful of books. Laura Studarus, Marie Claire, 12 Nov. 2021 In the scene Forster was rehearsing that day at the Ballet Theater studios, Albrecht, wracked with guilt, is walking to her grave, in the dark of night, clutching an armful of lilies. New York Times, 20 Oct. 2021 One day, Thompson-Gaines opened her front door to find a woman standing on her porch with an armful of clothes. Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2021 In five relief sculptures by Oskar Hansen, muscular men are shown gripping a boat’s wheel, harvesting an armful of wheat, standing beside cascading water and lifting a heavy weight overhead. Sophia Eppolito, The Arizona Republic, 7 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of armful

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Armful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for armful


arm·​ful | \ ˈärm-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce armful (audio) \
plural armfuls\ -​ˌfu̇lz \ or armsful\ ˈärmz-​ˌfu̇l \

Kids Definition of armful

: as much as a person's arm can hold He carried an armful of dirty clothes to the washing machine.


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