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 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, "Poems to remind us of our strength during quarantine," 29 Apr. 2020 Encouragement by the bucketful is in constant supply. al, "Reckon Women: on parenting during Covid, writing during strife," 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, "Your free composting starter kit is falling from the trees right now," 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, "Stellene’s Most Wanted: Colored Gems," 10 Sep. 2019 Anyway, back on kinder, gentler Idol 2.0, a bucketful of other teens -- including Andrew Weaver from Georgia, Griffin Tucker from Texas and Christina Jones from Illinois -- all snag golden tickets. Robbie Daw, Billboard, "'American Idol' Recap: Katy Perry Flashes The Camera in a Censored Moment (Critic's Take)," 13 Mar. 2018 The movie pours on nostalgia by the bucketful, recalling unexpected friendships and hot and heavy summer romances. Matt Patches, Esquire, "Every Arnold Schwarzenegger Movie, Ranked," 30 June 2015 But to gorge on sugar-rich foods, even in the relatively healthy format of a bucketful of Rainier cherries, could mean neglecting other worthy menu items. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "The Liver: A ‘Blob’ That Runs the Body," 12 June 2017 At the center of the stage, and the story, is actress Isa Arciniegas' Singer, a head-banging, hair-whipping dynamo with a sly sense of humor and a bucketful of stories about loss and regret. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "Watch out, Young Jean Lee's 'We're Gonna Die' will get to you too," 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of bucketful

1564, in the meaning defined above

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“Bucketful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bucketful. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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