fistful

noun

fist·​ful ˈfist-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce fistful (audio)
1
: handful
a fistful of coins
2
: a considerable number or amount
a whole fistful of musiciansThomas Lask

Examples of fistful in a Sentence

She has won a fistful of awards. repairing the roof is going to cost a fistful of money
Recent Examples on the Web My beloved of-the-moment ingredients, from juicy tomatoes to fistfuls of soft herbs, invite you to go in so many directions. Julia Turshen, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Within moments, the mascot was toasted, picked apart in fistfuls and eaten by the Pop-Tarts Bowl champions and their family members, as purple and white confetti rained down. Samantha Chery, Washington Post, 29 Dec. 2023 Breakfast At Ritz, Couture Fittings with Debra Shaw, and A Champagne Toast—A Day in the Life of Thom Browne The stylist, who always has a fistful of rings and gold-laden lobes, created Méga after wanting to find jewelry pieces that could be seamlessly styled together. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 16 Nov. 2023 The volume marks the decisive first step in the sequence that has launched her to prestige in France, sown a fistful of acolytes, and made her first three works, all novels, look like feints before the stunning project that’s established her proper genre—a kind of autobiography. Tobi Haslett, Harper's Magazine, 18 Sep. 2023 Losing fistfuls of hair might happen while the body adjusts to the hormones in birth control pills. Christin Perry, Parents, 10 Sep. 2023 In 1975, on a rainy winter morning, Allende left Santiago for Caracas, Venezuela, carrying a fistful of soil; her husband and two children joined her a month later. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, 11 Sep. 2023 The Elements Violinist Joshua Bell commissioned a fistful of composers (Jake Heggie, Jennifer Higdon, Edgar Meyer, Jessie Montgomery, and Kevin Puts) to write five movements that musically illustrate the classical elements: fire, water, air, earth, and space. Vulture, 25 Aug. 2023 Tender summer herbs — a nice fistful or so — adds freshness. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 14 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fistful was in 1611

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“Fistful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fistful. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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