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 His harrowing 2019 ended Nov. 2 versus Northwestern, thanks to a rare mouthful of a malady, a right sternoclavicular joint sprain. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "QB Michael Penix ready to prove what’s possible for IU football," 22 Oct. 2020 But navigating a restaurant’s menu of specialty rolls can be tricky as chefs try and try again to capture perfection in one mouthful of raw fish wrapped in seaweed. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose shortens election ballot timeline; Democrats push back: The Wake Up for Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020," 21 Oct. 2020 Unreachable by post or ballot box, my people scream Release our throats through a mouthful of flames hawked into CNN headquarters. Marcus Wicker, The Atlantic, "Blursday Blues," 18 Oct. 2020 So far, the entire front portion of the monster's head looks to be complete, featuring a mouthful of fearsome, jagged teeth and some creepy eyeballs. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Japan Is Building a Terrifying Giant Godzilla, Which Seems Unwise," 24 Sep. 2020 This Venezuelan rice drink is thick, delicious and embodies most of the above properties, though its blended nature all but obliterates the grains, instead offering those who partake a rich mouthful of satisfying comfort. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Have a rice day! Celebrating National Rice Month around Orlando," 23 Sep. 2020 Few dinosaurs better reflect the constantly shifting picture than the scansoriopterygids (SCAN-soar-ee-OP-tuh-RIH-jidz), an obscure group of Jurassic dinosaurs with a mouthful of a name. National Geographic, "DINOSAURS," 15 Sep. 2020 The name’s a mouthful, but Lyriq’s augmented reality head-up display, or HUD, puts a pair of jet-fighter technologies at the driver’s service. Dallas News, "5 reasons to love and 1 long wait to hate about Cadillac’s new Lyriq electric SUV," 8 Aug. 2020 Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G chip (what a mouthful!) runs on Arm instead of x86. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Acer's Spin 7 laptop uses Qualcomm's new Snapdragon chip for 5G connectivity," 3 Sep. 2020

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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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26 Oct 2020

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“Mouthful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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