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

Definition of armful

: as much as the arm or arms can hold

Examples of armful in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That didn’t stop Ms. Sanchez and her partner, Rodney Wright, from buying an armful of books. Francine Kiefer, The Christian Science Monitor, "On stories of Black struggle, an iconic L.A. bookstore surges," 12 June 2020 Everyone left with an armful and with the same look, suspended between appetite and the prospect of an appetite satisfied. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, "Baking Bread in Lyon," 6 Apr. 2020 The rhythm produced an armful of three-pointers, and a most memorable two-pointer courtesy of Camryn Hill. Dallas News, "Camryn Hill hits game-winning buzzer-beater to lift South Grand Prairie over Irving MacArthur in area round thriller," 22 Feb. 2020 Jill Soloway’s Amazon dramedy Transparent debuted, in 2014, to near-universal praise and an armful of Emmys. Judy Berman, Time, "WHAT IS THE FUEL OF THE FUTURE?," 25 Sep. 2019 Trying to steer a path between their love of bread and beating the virus, some in France are now buying baguettes by the armful and freezing them. John Leicester, The Christian Science Monitor, "In France, buying baguettes daily becomes a moral choice," 26 Mar. 2020 Debbie Buckley gathered an armful of bags brimming with food and packed them in her car. Max Londberg,, "Coronavirus: Community collects food for NKU students who have remained in dorms," 20 Mar. 2020 The woman with an armful of newborn baby isn’t exactly worthy of hatred. Emily Flake, The New Yorker, "Stalking a Rustically Hip Family on Instagram," 1 Mar. 2020 By mid-morning, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Bruins Captain Zdeno Chára brought armfuls of pies from the North End institution Mike’s Pastry., "Tim Spencer woke up Thanksgiving morning at the Pine Street Inn with one thing on his mind.," 29 Nov. 2019

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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 7 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of armful

: an amount that can be carried in a person's arm or arms


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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