tea·​spoon·​ful | \ ˈtē-ˌspün-ˌfu̇l , -ˈspün-\
plural teaspoonfuls\ ˈtē-​ˌspün-​ˌfu̇lz , -​ˈspün-​ \ also teaspoonsful\ ˈtē-​ˌspünz-​ˌfu̇l , -​ˈspünz-​ \

Definition of teaspoonful

1 : as much as a teaspoon can hold

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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 Spread a level teaspoonful, alternating for each of the spreads, on the bread circles, spreading to the edges. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Holiday entertaining deserves expert advice," 9 Dec. 2017 Combine the apple, pecans, cinnamon, and remaining sugar; place one teaspoonful in the center of each circle. Madeleine Winer, The Courier-Journal, "Happy (Jewish) New Year! 4 Kosher recipes to help you celebrate," 19 Sep. 2017 The large format is a departure for Oliver, whose long career has unfolded by the teaspoonful – in slender volumes, easily slipped into a knapsack or jacket, like field guides taken on hikes and picnics. Danny Heitman, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Devotions' collects five decades of poetry by Mary Oliver," 19 Oct. 2017

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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 \
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 \
plural teaspoonfuls\ -​ˌfu̇lz \ also teaspoonsful\ -​ˌspünz-​ˌfu̇l, -​ˈspünz-​ \

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