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

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 The good taste extends to the pedigree of the bread, from Sullivan Street Bakery, and the fistful of housemade fingerling potato chips. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2022 The Green Men play in one of Ohio high school football’s most competitive areas, with a fistful of regional powerhouses centered around Cleveland. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 29 Aug. 2022 There is but One Ring to rule them all, not a fistful. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Aug. 2022 Hoffberger studied traditional healing practices in Mexico in the 1970s and now has a fistful of honorary doctorate degrees from American universities. Mary Carole Mccauley, Baltimore Sun, 23 Mar. 2022 With apologies to the Chipwich and the Creamsicle, only one item in the ice cream truck inventory can compete for your wet fistful of cash: red-white-and-blue Popsicles and Choco Tacos. Steve Kolowich, Washington Post, 26 July 2022 Except for a fistful of Trotskyists, all those attending the rally in Lafayette Park last weekend were complaining of the financial cost of the war and implying that the problems of the Middle East were none of their concern. Christian Lorentzen, Harper’s Magazine , 20 July 2022 America’s love affair with baseball transcended the recession, unemployment and even the sweltering heat as tens of thousands of avid fans cheered the game’s best and spent money by the fistful at last night’s All-Star Game. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 July 2022 Tender chunks of chicken pack the golden broth, gently herby and crammed with a fistful of carrots, celery, onion and egg noodles. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 20 June 2022 See More

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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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18 Sep 2022

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“Fistful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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