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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Getting there: The island's Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport seems a mouthful, but this international airport is your link for flights to other cities in Africa, as well as to major cities in Europe, Asia, and Australia. 3. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Or, even better, put them to work spooning up mouthfuls of your favorite ice cream. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "This $13 Amazon Pan Is Here to Make Cookies and Milk Even Better," 5 Nov. 2018 The InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland Hotel (let’s just pause for a moment to appreciate that mouthful) is nestled into the side of a quarry 19 miles from the city’s Hongqiao International Airport. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Shanghai luxury hotel is built inside an abandoned quarry," 5 Dec. 2018 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

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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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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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