basketful

noun

bas·​ket·​ful ˈba-skit-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce basketful (audio)
plural basketfuls ˈba-skit-ˌfu̇lz How to pronounce basketful (audio) also basketsful ˈba-skits-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce basketful (audio)
: as much or as many as a basket will hold
also : a considerable quantity

Examples of basketful in a Sentence

the movie showed off a basketful of eye-popping special effects
Recent Examples on the Web Even a small basketful of various subscriptions would likely add up to less than one might easily spend on a batch of CDs or DVDs or Blu-rays (not to mention the devices to play them on). Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 25 Aug. 2023 But don’t be fooled: The plot is trite; the cast, a basketful of stereotypes. Ilan Stavans, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Aug. 2023 The war itself presents a basketful of problems. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Mar. 2022 Wishing you sunshine and a basketful of chocolate on this beautiful day. Erin Cavoto, Country Living, 20 Feb. 2023 Most of the businesses are aimed at visitors, an economy built on fishing and camping equipment, gelato, fancy coffees, enormous burgers and knickknacks by the basketful. Phil Kloer, ajc, 16 Aug. 2022 The prototype Mini Cooper electric convertible or a basketful of kittens? Steven Cole Smith, Car and Driver, 14 July 2022 Lauber can expect a bushel basketful of cases from rounders, defiers, protesters, wits, wags, and wiseacres, all playing the Boechler gambit, with variations. Peter J Reilly, Forbes, 26 May 2022 Cheesy, herby, garlicky and just a little spicy -- and better for you than eating an entire pizza or a basketful of breadsticks for dinner. Casey Barber, CNN, 19 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of basketful was in the 14th century

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“Basketful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/basketful. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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