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 The product name is a mouthful, but the HA mention is what hooked me. Megan Decker,, 6 Oct. 2021 The soy and black vinegar topping adds swagger, a confident assertiveness which delivers punch with every mouthful. Bon Appétit, 5 Sep. 2021 But siu mai was too much of a mouthful for Australians to pronounce back in the 1940s. Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN, 2 Aug. 2021 In our own tests, inserting such a mouthful of a toothbrush was initially uncomfortable (though one colleague who owns the Myst version raves about it), and the amount of toothpaste required seemed extreme. Rachel Wolfe, WSJ, 26 Aug. 2021 Here, the stilted nature of Musk’s delivery feeds into what already feels like a mouthful of words in a foreign tongue. Matthew Love, Vulture, 9 May 2021 The softer bending of these rods allows cushioning when a big, slab crappie powers off with a mouthful of tiny treble hooks and helps keeping them from pulling out. Jim Gronaw,, 10 Aug. 2021 The title is definitely a mouthful, but being self-referential is what this lighthearted comedy-musical is all about. oregonlive, 7 Aug. 2021 While its name is quite the mouthful, this high-octane beast represents the pinnacle of German auto engineering and has quite the backstory. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 23 July 2021

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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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15 Oct 2021

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“Mouthful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 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
: 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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