thim·​ble·​ful | \ ˈthim-bəl-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce thimbleful (audio) \

Definition of thimbleful

1 : as much as a thimble will hold
2 : a very small quantity not a thimbleful of common sense

Examples of thimbleful in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Imagine, for example, dropping a thimbleful of red dye into a swimming pool. Quanta Magazine, 22 Apr. 2021 On Netflix, a season is apparently a thimbleful of episodes and none exceeds half an hour. Wesley Morris, New York Times, 26 Oct. 2020 Just one thimbleful of neutron star would weigh 100 million tons. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, 4 Nov. 2017 These 10 wines represent a mere thimbleful of the rosés produced in the United States each year. Eric Asimov, New York Times, 5 July 2018 The next day the boy sipped a thimbleful and kept it down. John Kass,, 27 Apr. 2018 Our cumulative knowledge of the black world is still tiny, a thimbleful compared to our cumulative knowledge of Europe. Randy Dotinga, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Dec. 2017 Praising him for granting passage to these girls is like giving someone a round of applause for draining the ocean and then pouring in a thimbleful of water. Torie Bosch, Slate Magazine, 13 July 2017 Impeccably played by Gere, the present-day Oppenheimer starts off without even a thimbleful of money or influence. Kenneth Turan, The Mercury News, 25 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of thimbleful

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Thimbleful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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