bar·​rel·​ful ˈber-əl-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce barrelful (audio)
plural barrelfuls ˈber-əl-ˌfu̇lz How to pronounce barrelful (audio)
or barrelsful ˈber-əlz-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce barrelful (audio)
: as much or as many as a barrel will hold
: a large number or amount
a barrelful of laughs

Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of barrelful was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Barrelful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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