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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That night, tight timing was the mother of invention: an apéritif bright with citrus, light on booze, invigoratingly cold, and surprisingly festive—all in a single mouthful. Rebekah Peppler, Bon Appétit, "You Should Be Doing More Shots," 26 Aug. 2019 When lunge feeding, whales charge toward food and sweep up a large mouthful. Fox News, "California photographer snaps sea lion ‘trapped’ in humpback whale’s mouth: ‘The true Jonah experience’," 31 July 2019 These two mouthfuls are meteor showers that will team up for two days of peak activity. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "Watch the skies: Out-of-this world phenomena fill the calendar in July," 2 July 2019 Brace yourselves, New Yorkers: The bagel, the chewy mouthful that has been the city’s morning bread for generations, is facing competition from a host of similar products. Charles Passy, WSJ, "In New York, Contenders Vie to Dethrone the Bagel," 1 July 2019 One especially bold goat lunged upward, stood on its hind legs, and took a mouthful off my legal pad. High School Journalism Institute,, "Student voices: Goats ate my notes. (No, seriously)," 17 July 2019 The name is a mouthful, but the narrative is easy to follow. Ryan Patrick Hooper, Detroit Free Press, "Impressionist innovators like Monet and Renoir highlight DIA's 'Humble and Human' exhibit," 26 June 2019 The name might be a mouthful, but the look itself is the opposite: minimalist and dreamy, only made better by the chic backdrop of English ivy. Megan Decker,, "Kristen Bell Just Showed Us The Cutest Way To Style A Summer Bob," 20 June 2019 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

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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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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