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

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This is the store where Eleven goes and steals an armful of frozen Eggo waffles. Tainaya Nash, House Beautiful, "4 Places From 'Stranger Things' You Can Actually Visit," 3 July 2019 The Queen of Rosaria, Mya Brazile, held an armful of flowers and posed in her tiara., "Royal Rosarians find, and award, the best rose gardens in Portland," 26 June 2019 Some people carried bicycle rims or armfuls of tires. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Propane tanks are a favorite target for thieves camping in city woods. This former Anchorage judge is fed up.," 19 May 2018 Mother’s Day is sort of astral, all violins and choirs, fancy brunches and armfuls of flowers. Chris Erskine,, "For Father's Day, all we want is a good old game of catch," 15 June 2018 That decision proved fruitful, as the Taylors went home with armfuls of items. Sue Ellen Ross, Post-Tribune, "Gardeners see what's blooming at Native Plant Sale at Gibson Woods," 25 May 2018 Then collect an armful of sticks from your backyard. Aj Willingham, Cnn Design: Megan Pendergrass, CNN, "How to throw one helluva (proper) Royal Wedding party," 2 May 2018 Right before fishing season begins in Anchorage, the locals clean out their freezers and give away armfuls of last season’s still-top-quality fish. Sunset, "5 Killer Ideas for a Big-Batch Feast," 22 Jan. 2018 Subsidising some deliveries was more defensible when postmen carried armfuls of essential letters. The Economist, "Why America’s post office should be privatised," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of armful

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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