fist·​ful | \ ˈfist-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce fistful (audio) \

Definition of fistful

1 : handful a fistful of coins
2 : a considerable number or amount a whole fistful of musicians— Thomas Lask

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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 There’s the name, of course, and a menu that looks like it was drawn by an 8-year-old with a fistful of Highlighters. Phil Vettel,, "Chef of now-closed Michelin-starred Blackbird pivots and opens a sandwich shop," 9 Oct. 2020 Investing for income in this environment is like trying to squeeze water out of a fistful of sand at high noon in Death Valley. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "Your Cash Earns Zip, Zilch, Nada. Don’t Make It Worse.," 9 Oct. 2020 Carey shares a baffling memory of going to play a concert in 1993—well into her career, with a fistful of No. 1 singles to her name—and being confused to see crowds of people behind police barricades in the streets. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Why the ‘Free Britney’ Saga Feels So Familiar," 6 Oct. 2020 Skip the olive oil and blend equal parts tahini and lemon juice with salt, a fistful of parsley and oodles of garlic. Paul Stephen,, "Paul’s Cooking Tips: 3 ways to use up that jar of tahini after making hummus: dressings, dips and Lebanese condiment tarator," 15 Aug. 2020 For lunch and dinner, Cardwell encouraged a fist-size portion of protein, such as fish, chicken or beans; a fistful of carbohydrates like whole wheat pasta or brown rice; and a half plate of veggies. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Why a wellness routine is your top priority amid protests and the pandemic — and how to start," 9 June 2020 Instead, Thomas was stabilized by ER staff and sent home to recover with a fistful of prescriptions. Walecia Konrad, CBS News, "After battling COVID-19, survivors may have to fight big medical bills," 15 May 2020 Signing a fistful of free agents was a welcome change, but ingrained organizational inertia isn’t cured in one offseason. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: This is the last new beginning for professional football in Cincinnati," 22 Apr. 2020 Or try adding a fistful of greens to smoothies, prepared soups and pasta sauce. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "How to lose weight, according to a dietitian," 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of fistful

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fistful was in 1611

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23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fistful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fistful

: an amount that can be held in one hand
: a somewhat large number or amount

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