handful

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noun hand·ful \ˈhan(d)-ˌfu̇l\

Definition of handful

plural

handfuls

play \-ˌfu̇lz\ also

handsful

play \ˈhan(d)z-ˌfu̇l\
  1. 1 :  as much or as many as the hand will grasp

  2. 2 :  a small quantity or number <a handful of people>

  3. 3 :  as much as one can manage <the kids are quite a handful>

Examples of handful in a sentence

  1. The children collected seashells by the handful.

  2. Our dog is a real handful.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of handful

before 12th century


HANDFUL Defined for English Language Learners

handful

play
noun hand·ful \ˈhan(d)-ˌfu̇l\

Definition of handful for English Language Learners

  • : an amount that you can hold in your hand

  • : a small amount or number

  • : someone or something that is difficult to control


HANDFUL Defined for Kids

handful

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noun hand·ful \ˈhand-ˌfu̇l\

Definition of handful for Students

plural

handfuls

\-ˌfu̇lz\ or

handsful

\ˈhandz-ˌfu̇l\
  1. 1 :  as much or as many as the hand will grasp

  2. 2 :  a small amount or number <Only a handful of people came.>



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