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

Definition of cupful

1 : as much as a cup will hold

Examples of cupful in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sauce isn’t doled out by the spoonfuls, but by the cupfuls. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Filomena takes generosity to the extreme," 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., "Gay-hating Alabama mayor is sorry, just not that sorry," 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,, "Will my genes doom my young daughter to a weight problem?," 31 Jan. 2018 If the soup gets too thick, add water or flavorful liquids by half-cupfuls. Judy Walker,, "Raid the pantry, fridge to turn basic soup recipe into homemade comfort food," 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, "Warm Sesame–Banana Pudding Pie," 19 Apr. 2017 Salsa: Rios Cafe dispenses its blistering red by the tiny cupful, and appropriately so. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "365 Days of Tacos: Rios Cafe at Rios Meat Market #4," 24 Dec. 2017 With the colonies providing a boon in cheap, raw materials, 16th-century fruitcakes contained cupfuls of sugar, which added another density booster to the cake. Denny Mckeown,, "What your favorite holiday cookie says about you," 19 Dec. 2017 Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, and adding more water by ¼ cupfuls to loosen if needed, until mixture is thick and grains are tender, 40–45 minutes. Bon Appetit, "Millet Polenta with Miso and Scallion Oil," 19 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of cupful

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Cupful.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cupful

: the amount held by a cup


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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