mouth·​ful | \ ˈmau̇th-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce mouthful (audio) \

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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Examples of mouthful in a Sentence

It was a delicious meal. We enjoyed every mouthful. His last name is a real mouthful.
Recent Examples on the Web Thick slices of Argentinian rump steak ($32) growl a deep, seductive red, with a mouthful of iron tempered by an elegant au poivre sauce like a brasserie reimagining of your mom’s best Sunday gravy. Mike Sutter,, "4 San Antonio restaurants for great steak frites, that classic French dish of steak and french fries: Bistr09, Brasserie Mon Chou Chou, Julia’s Bistro & Bar and La Frite Belgian Bistro," 31 Dec. 2020 That’s a mouthful, given that Pittsburgh is 8-0 this year and 10-0 since November 2015 v. The Men. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: The Cincinnati Reds don't play in Trevor Bauer's league anymore," 11 Nov. 2020 The Minneapolis brewery's 13 is a sweet and massive mouthful. Star Tribune, "Boozy, barrel-aged beers perfect for cold weather," 16 Dec. 2020 Krebs started in 2017 as an advisor to the DHS secretary before being appointed as assistant secretary for infrastructure protection, part of what was then known by the DHS bureaucratic mouthful as the National Protection and Programs Directorate. Garrett M. Graff, Wired, "Firing Christopher Krebs Crosses a Line—Even for Trump," 17 Nov. 2020 Each bite builds in savory intensity until the last mouthful of rice has disappeared. Garrett Snyder Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Chirashi in the time of COVID-19: 4 new options for excellent takeout sushi," 27 Oct. 2020 While the model name is certainly a mouthful, Smith & Wesson struck gold with its Shield series and (almost) with its Shield .380 EZ. Chris Mudgett, Outdoor Life, "5 Great Mid-Sized Handguns for Concealed Carry and Self Defense," 11 Sep. 2020 His harrowing 2019 ended Nov. 2 versus Northwestern, thanks to a rare mouthful of a malady, a right sternoclavicular joint sprain. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "QB Michael Penix ready to prove what’s possible for IU football," 22 Oct. 2020 But navigating a restaurant’s menu of specialty rolls can be tricky as chefs try and try again to capture perfection in one mouthful of raw fish wrapped in seaweed. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose shortens election ballot timeline; Democrats push back: The Wake Up for Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020," 21 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of mouthful

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

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The first known use of mouthful was in the 15th century

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12 Jan 2021

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“Mouthful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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
US : something said that has a lot of meaning or importance


mouth·​ful | \ ˈmau̇th-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce mouthful (audio) \

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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