buck·​et·​ful | \ ˈbə-kət-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce bucketful (audio) \
plural bucketfuls\ ˈbə-​kət-​ˌfu̇lz How to pronounce bucketful (audio) \ or bucketsful\ ˈbə-​kəts-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce bucketful (audio) \

Definition of bucketful

: as much as a bucket will hold broadly : a large quantity

Examples of bucketful in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Firefighters lowered a metal tube around Leake to prevent the walls of the ditch from collapsing around him further, then took turns rappelling into the hole to remove dirt by the bucketful. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 20 July 2021 His latest bucketful goes a long way toward clarifying the politics of our time. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, 7 July 2021 What's left to say about someone who has a Nobel Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a bucketful of Grammys and dozens of other recognitions? Mike Buttry, Star Tribune, 21 May 2021 Before her ultrasound scan, the unsuspecting Puntung is lured into a small pen by a bucketful of diced bananas. Henry Nicholls, Scientific American, 30 May 2012 And the sky went wan, and the wind came cold, And the sun rose dripping, a bucketful of gold. Elizabeth Lund, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Apr. 2020 Encouragement by the bucketful is in constant supply. al, 24 Apr. 2020 The process of breaking down plant matter reduces its volume, so a cubic yard of leaves may yield only a bucketful of compost. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, 2 Oct. 2019 Imagine the designer who plunges his hand into a bucketful of sapphires to emerge with that one perfect specimen—that special colored stone that caught his or her eye. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, 10 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of bucketful

1564, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for bucketful


buck·​et·​ful | \ ˈbə-kət-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce bucketful (audio) \
plural bucketfuls\ -​ˌfu̇lz \ or bucketsful\ ˈbə-​kəts-​ˌfu̇l \

Kids Definition of bucketful

1 : as much as a bucket will hold
2 : a large quantity He won a bucketful of money.

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