tea·​spoon·​ful | \ ˈtē-ˌspün-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce teaspoonful (audio) , -ˈspün-\
plural teaspoonfuls\ ˈtē-​ˌspün-​ˌfu̇lz How to pronounce teaspoonfuls (audio) , -​ˈspün-​ \ also teaspoonsful\ ˈtē-​ˌspünz-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce teaspoonsful (audio) , -​ˈspünz-​ \

Definition of teaspoonful

1 : as much as a teaspoon can hold

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Drop the dough by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: For cooking veggies, remember how they grow," 14 Aug. 2019 Working in batches, drop a teaspoonful of dough into the hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 15 seconds per side. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Nina Compton shares her signature recipes," 3 Aug. 2019 In this model, every teaspoonful of space brims with the same amount of dark energy, a value known as the cosmological constant. Quanta Magazine, "Dark Energy Tested on a Tabletop," 31 Mar. 2015 The water boils off and all that's left is a few teaspoonfuls of sludge. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Dispose of Hazardous Waste Without Damaging the Environment," 9 Oct. 2018 The two new experimental tests require about a teaspoonful of maternal blood extracted from a mother’s arm. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, "Blood Test Could Predict Premature Birth Risk, Due Date," 7 June 2018 Drop teaspoonfuls of the jam across the surface of the blondie batter, and then gently pull the tip of a paring knife through the jam in one direction and then the other, creating a zigzag/grid pattern on the surface. Charlotte Druckman, sacbee, "In a churn of events, salted butter is back | The Sacramento Bee," 8 May 2018 Beat in the butter one heaping 1/4 teaspoonful at a time, using an electric mixer set on low speed, until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Country Living, "Crunchy Coffee Cake," 31 Dec. 2013 Working quickly, drop teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto wax paper to let the cookies cool and firm up. Melissa Aguilar, Houston Chronicle, "We've got Houston's favorite cookie recipes," 12 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of teaspoonful

1731, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of teaspoonful

: the amount that a teaspoon will hold


tea·​spoon·​ful | \ ˈtē-ˌspün-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce teaspoonful (audio) \
plural teaspoonfuls\ -​ˌfu̇lz \ also teaspoonsful\ -​ˌspünz-​ˌfu̇l \

Kids Definition of teaspoonful

1 : as much as a teaspoon can hold
2 : teaspoon


tea·​spoon·​ful | \ -ˌfu̇l How to pronounce teaspoonful (audio) \
plural teaspoonfuls\ -​ˌfu̇lz How to pronounce teaspoonfuls (audio) \ also teaspoonsful\ -​ˌspünz-​ˌfu̇l, -​ˈspünz-​ How to pronounce teaspoonsful (audio) \

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