barrelful

noun
bar·​rel·​ful | \ ˈber-əl-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce barrelful (audio) , ˈba-rəl- \
plural barrelfuls\ ˈber-​əl-​ˌfu̇lz How to pronounce barrelful (audio) , ˈba-​rəl-​ \ or barrelsful\ ˈber-​əlz-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce barrelful (audio) , ˈba-​rəlz-​ \

Definition of barrelful

1 : as much or as many as a barrel will hold
2 : a large number or amount a barrelful of laughs

Examples of barrelful in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At issue is a barrelful of leftover spending bills totaling more than $1 trillion, as well as the $33 billion Trump requested in emergency money for the Pentagon and border security. Andrew Taylor, Orange County Register, 8 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of barrelful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Barrelful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barrelful. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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