buck·​et·​load ˈbə-kət-ˌlōd How to pronounce bucketload (audio)
plural bucketloads
: a quantity that fills a bucket : bucketful
a bucketload of water
informal : a very large amount
The Spooky Season may be associated with scary movies and scoring candy by the bucketloadJack Beresford
… lovable bad boys, which it seemed to produce by the bucketload.Jon Fine
often used in plural
Growing up in the rural South, summer meant bucketloads of fresh vegetables.Alicia Ross
… did people expect to make bucketloads of money off independent movies back then?Anne Stockwell

Examples of bucketload in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bucketload was in 1842

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“Bucketload.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bucketload. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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