cupful

noun
cup·​ful | \ ˈkəp-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce cupful (audio) \
plural cupfuls\ ˈkəp-​ˌfu̇lz How to pronounce cupful (audio) \ also cupsful\ ˈkəps-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce cupful (audio) \

Definition of cupful

1 : as much as a cup will hold

Examples of cupful in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scooping out a cupful of Skippy proved the most challenging task. Monti Carlo, Bon Appétit, 13 Sep. 2021 To cook, heat a light coating of canola oil in a nonstick skillet or griddle over medium-low, then ladle in 1/3 cupfuls of batter, being careful not to crowd the pan. New York Times, 1 May 2020 Sauce isn’t doled out by the spoonfuls, but by the cupfuls. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 10 Oct. 2019 One of Chambers’ Facebook friends ran with it, venting about minorities having more rights than the majority and then pouring a cupful of crazy about needing a revolution. al.com, 6 June 2019 Back at home, my toddler will devour a Mason jar full of oatmeal for breakfast or guzzle 6 ounces of whole milk and immediately demand another cupful. Nestor Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, 31 Jan. 2018 If the soup gets too thick, add water or flavorful liquids by half-cupfuls. Judy Walker, NOLA.com, 9 Jan. 2018 Adding ¼ cupful at a time, whisk in one-third of hot cream mixture, then whisk egg mixture into remaining cream mixture in saucepan. Vivian Howard, Bon Appetit, 19 Apr. 2017 Salsa: Rios Cafe dispenses its blistering red by the tiny cupful, and appropriately so. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of cupful

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Cupful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cupful. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for cupful

cupful

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cupful

: the amount held by a cup

cupful

noun
cup·​ful | \ ˈkəp-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce cupful (audio) \
plural cupfuls\ -​ˌfu̇lz \ also cupsful\ ˈkəps-​ˌfu̇l \

Kids Definition of cupful

1 : the amount held by a cup We served forty cupfuls of soup.
2 : a half pint : eight ounces (about 236 milliliters)

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