mouthful

noun
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 So, celebrate his special day with a mouthful of cookies (or vegetables as Cookie is into those now!). Scottie Andrew, CNN, "It's Cookie Monster's Birthday! Here are the most powerful lessons he's taught us," 2 Nov. 2019 The wide rice noodles in the drunken noodles ($11/$14) satisfy with every mouthful of this eggy, broccoli, onion, pepper, and carrot stir-fry and the pad Thai ($11/$14) is just as good. BostonGlobe.com, "Unassuming Thai cafe packs a flavorful punch - The Boston Globe," 31 Oct. 2019 Crisp shells surround fluffy hearts that melt into mouthfuls of whimsy and light, and happen to be gluten-free friendly. Adam Lukach, chicagotribune.com, "Craving: Candy — a dreamy holiday crawl through Chicago’s sweets and confections purveyors," 30 Nov. 2019 Gulping up a mouthful of saline seawater can be gross, but how did all that salt get there in the first place? Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "So...Why Is the Ocean So Salty?," 17 Oct. 2019 Keane wasn't best pleased with the Arsenal man in the tunnel and decided to give him a mouthful. SI.com, "Manchester United vs Arsenal: 8 Classic Clashes Ahead of Monday's Premier League Game," 28 Sep. 2019 All together, his full list of titles is quite a mouthful. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Meaning Behind Prince Charles's Royal Title, the Prince of Wales," 9 Nov. 2019 Keith, too, began swallowing his depression with mouthfuls of other people’s pills. Joshua Hunt, The New Republic, "We Didn’t Stand a Chance Against Opioids," 18 Sep. 2019 Every mouthful brings joy, the tenderest shortbread, perfect crumb and a little kick of heat from the spicy pecans. Kim Pierce, Dallas News, "Our 9 favorite local farm-to-table finds, from butter cakes to tamales," 19 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'mouthful.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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24 Dec 2019

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“Mouthful.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mouthful. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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mouthful

noun
How to pronounce mouthful (audio)

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

mouthful

noun
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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