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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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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Not to overanalyze here, but Whoopi just told us a mouthful (potentially, without even realizing it). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View’ Host Whoopi Goldberg Has Insider Info About the Royal Baby as Prince Harry’s Pal," 6 May 2019 Tea houses encourage drinkers to sip it at a 45-degree angle for the ideal mouthful. Julie Wernau, WSJ, "A Schmear Campaign Aims at All the Tea in China," 5 May 2019 The anago ippon-nigiri, a nearly whole fillet of sea eel brushed with sweet-and-savory soy sauce, draped over a hefty mouthful of rice, is the restaurant's signature. Melinda Joe, Condé Nast Traveler, "22 Best Places for Sushi in Tokyo," 27 Feb. 2018 That branding is less of a mouthful than the term for what lights up the pixels: low-temperature polycrystalline silicon, or LTPS. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "The Pixel Slate: first look at Google’s new tablet," 9 Oct. 2018 When Hinton doesn’t comply, the officer releases the dog, which lunges and gets a mouthful of Hinton’s clothing. Jonathan Drew, The Seattle Times, "Man sues state over troopers’ role in videotaped beating," 24 July 2018 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

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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
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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