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 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., 27 May 2021 Working against her: One of the ironic twists of this awards season is that Nomadland, a movie about people with few material possessions, looks on track to take home an armful of Oscars later this month. Nate Jones, Vulture, 8 Apr. 2021 That proved to be a premonition, as Howard has become one of the top players in the nation already during her three years at UK, earning an armful of accolades. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, 18 Mar. 2021 That would be quite a deficit, one that can’t be made up by simply lingering when holding an armful of toilet paper. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 12 Mar. 2021 Former Judge Keva Landrum had the fundraising lead and an armful of prominent endorsements — but Williams had an army of dedicated volunteers. Matt Sledge,, 12 Dec. 2020 One of them, heavyset, with an armful of tattoos, did twenty-nine years. Charlayne Hunter-gault, The New Yorker, 2 Nov. 2020 The man left the store with an armful of clothes without paying. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 9 Oct. 2020 The time and sweat paid off, with an armful of awards. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 10 July 2020

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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 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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