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 Just one thimbleful of neutron star would weigh 100 million tons. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "The Most Powerful Magnets in the Universe Are Collapsed Stars," 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, "American Rosés Without Clichés," 5 July 2018 The next day the boy sipped a thimbleful and kept it down. John Kass,, "England's Baby Alfie and the politics of life," 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, "Henry Louis Gates Jr. discusses his mission to marvel with '100 Amazing Facts About the Negro'," 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, "He wants praise for letting the Afghan girls’ robotics team into the United States. We shouldn’t give it to him.," 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, "In ‘Norman,’ Richard Gere gives exceptional performance as NYC operator," 25 Apr. 2017 Sweaty, square-jawed close-ups substitute for fighting, and fake blood is doled out by the thimbleful. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: In ‘The Wall,’ Two Trapped Soldiers and a Chatty Sniper," 11 May 2017 And for dessert: rum-raisin ice cream out of the box, but only a thimbleful. Mimi Read, House Beautiful, "An Interior Designer Decorated This Whole Apartment in 2 Weeks," 1 Dec. 2016

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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 5 Jul. 2020.

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