ta·​ble·​spoon·​ful | \ˌtā-bəl-ˈspün-ˌfu̇l, ˈtā-bəl-ˌspün-\
plural tablespoonfuls\ˌtā-​bəl-​ˈspün-​ˌfu̇lz, ˈtā-​bəl-​ˌspün-​ˌfu̇lz \ also tablespoonsful\ˌtā-​bəl-​ˈspünz-​ˌfu̇l, ˈtā-​bəl-​ˌspünz-​ˌfu̇l \

Definition of tablespoonful 

1 : enough to fill a tablespoon

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For the meringue beat the white of the eggs to a stuff froth, add two tablespoonfuls of powdered sugar, flavor slightly with vanilla and spread over the top of the pie. Marley Marius, Vogue, "7 Alternative Thanksgiving Desserts from the Vogue Archive," 16 Nov. 2018 Spread several heaping tablespoonfuls on two slices of bread and serve as a sandwich. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Leftover eggs? No problem, make egg salad with them," 3 Apr. 2018 Spoon tablespoonfuls cheesecake mixtures over crust, alternating coffee- and vanilla-flavored. Woman's Day, "Cappuccino Cheesecake Squares," 1 Jan. 2012 Serve in a bowl with assorted crackers and breads or shape tablespoonfuls of the cheese into balls. Country Living, "Spiced Yogurt Cheese Balls," 26 Dec. 2010 To assemble the tacos, lightly toast the tortillas, one at a time over an open flame on a gas stove, then add: a tablespoonful of: lentils, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts. Ellise Pierce, star-telegram, "These veggie-packed wintertime recipes fill you up without weighing you down | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 21 Feb. 2018 Drop tablespoonfuls of batter into hot oil, being careful not to over- crowd the pot, and fry, turning occasionally, until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Dawn Perry, Country Living, "Crab Hush Puppies," 19 June 2017 Gently stir, adding pasta cooking liquid by the tablespoonful as needed, until sauce coats pasta. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs," 19 Sep. 2017 Working with 4 or 5 at a time, drop heaping tablespoonfuls of dough into the bag (or use a (hash)40 disher), then shake gently until thoroughly coated. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Sweet stress busters: Holiday cookies deliver more than taste," 12 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of tablespoonful

1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of tablespoonful

: the amount that a tablespoon will hold


ta·​ble·​spoon·​ful | \ˌtā-bəl-ˈspün-ˌfu̇l \
plural tablespoonfuls\-​ˌfu̇lz \ also tablespoonsful\-​ˈspünz-​ˌfu̇l \

Kids Definition of tablespoonful

1 : as much as a tablespoon will hold


ta·​ble·​spoon·​ful | \ˌtā-bəl-ˈspün-ˌfu̇l, ˈtā-bəl-ˌ \
plural tablespoonfuls\-​ˌfu̇lz \ also tablespoonsful\-​ˈspünz-​ˌfu̇l, -​ˌspünz-​ \

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