mouth·ful | \ˈmau̇th-ˌfu̇l \

Definition of mouthful 

1a : as much as a mouth will hold

b : the quantity usually taken into the mouth at one time

2 : a small quantity

3a : a very long word or phrase

b : a comment or a statement rich in meaning or substance

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Synonyms for mouthful


bite, morsel, nibble, nugget, taste, tidbit (also titbit)

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Examples of mouthful in a Sentence

It was a delicious meal. We enjoyed every mouthful. His last name is a real mouthful.

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One Styrofoam-crisp bite collapses into a mouthful of powder. Dissuading many a young scientist. Leah Eskin,, "Re-create Popsicle dreams with fresh strawberries — and powerful boost from freeze-dried version," 11 July 2018 Harbaugh’s response to a question about how Jackson has fit in on the team, while a mouthful, is interesting. Ben Baskin,, "Robert Griffin III Taking Lamar Jackson Under His Wing," 15 June 2018 The muffins are moist and rich and the farthest thing from a blazing mouthful of sandy beach. Jesse Sparks, Bon Appetit, "These Extra-Corny Cornbread Muffins Are No Joke," 21 June 2018 Then, taking a slug from the gin bottle, the ambassador began spraying mouthfuls of liquor over the wreck. Connor Sheets,, "Hamilton woman dies in one-car crash in Frankiln County," 18 Feb. 2018 The other name for this medically benign condition is a mouthful: extraordinary daytime urinary frequency syndrome. Daniel R. Taylor,, "Medical Mystery: Kids who can't stop going," 1 June 2018 Eventually a police canine handler approaches, and the dog lunges and gets a mouthful of Hinton's clothing. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Video shows officers tackle, punch North Carolina man," 30 May 2018 The second is a sticky mouthful of bass crumbles, experienced from the point of the view of someone standing right beside the masked DJ in the booth. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Marshmello Teases 'Joytime Pt 2' at EDC Las Vegas: Watch," 23 May 2018 Harry’s full title is a bit of a mouthful: Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel, the latter two used in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Joy Resmovits,, "'Everyone is wishing them well'," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of mouthful

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of mouthful

: as much as a mouth will hold

: a word, name, or phrase that is very long or difficult to say

: something said that has a lot of meaning or importance


mouth·ful | \ˈmau̇th-ˌfu̇l \

Kids Definition of mouthful

1 : as much as the mouth will hold a mouthful of water

2 : the amount put into the mouth at one time Dr. Ziemer was chewing a mouthful of his sandwich …— Oliver Butterworth, The Enormous Egg Take another mouthful.

3 : a word or phrase that is very long or difficult to say

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to reject or criticize sharply

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