tablespoonful

noun

ta·​ble·​spoon·​ful ˌtā-bəl-ˈspün-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce tablespoonful (audio)
ˈtā-bəl-ˌspün-
plural tablespoonfuls ˌtā-bəl-ˈspün-ˌfu̇lz How to pronounce tablespoonful (audio)
ˈtā-bəl-ˌspün-ˌfu̇lz
also tablespoonsful ˌtā-bəl-ˈspünz-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce tablespoonful (audio)
ˈtā-bəl-ˌspünz-ˌfu̇l
1
: enough to fill a tablespoon
2

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web A half teaspoonful of pepper and a tablespoonful of salt are sprinkled on (no water is added) and the lid is put in place. Ted Trueblood, Field & Stream, 19 Dec. 2020 Top rectangles with a rounded tablespoonful of pumpkin mixture, spreading lightly and leaving a 1/2-inch border around edges. Marian Cooper Cairns, Country Living, 7 Sep. 2020 Measure heaping tablespoonfuls of dough; roll into balls and place on prepared baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 5 Apr. 2020 If cabbage isn’t tender yet, add a bit more broth or water a few tablespoonfuls at a time and roast until tender. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Mar. 2020 To serve, add a tablespoonful or so of the traditional tiramisu mixture to serving glasses or bowl. CBS News, 18 Jan. 2020 When ready to cook dumplings, bring broth to a boil and drop dumpling mixture 1 tablespoonful at a time into the boiling broth. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Jan. 2020 Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet and crisscross them with a floured fork. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Aug. 2019 Drop level tablespoonfuls of batter onto prepared baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, 1 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tablespoonful was in 1755

Dictionary Entries Near tablespoonful

Cite this Entry

“Tablespoonful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tablespoonful. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

tablespoonful

noun
ta·​ble·​spoon·​ful ˌtā-bəl-ˈspün-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce tablespoonful (audio)
ˈtā-bəl-ˌspün-
plural tablespoonfuls
-ˌfu̇lz
also tablespoonsful -ˈspünz-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce tablespoonful (audio)
-ˌspünz-
1
: as much as a tablespoon can hold
2

Medical Definition

tablespoonful

noun
ta·​ble·​spoon·​ful ˌtā-bəl-ˈspün-ˌfu̇l, ˈtā-bəl-ˌ How to pronounce tablespoonful (audio)
plural tablespoonfuls -ˌfu̇lz How to pronounce tablespoonful (audio) also tablespoonsful -ˈspünz-ˌfu̇l, -ˌspünz- How to pronounce tablespoonful (audio)

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