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 Despite the efforts of talented actors, none of these characters share a thimbleful of onscreen chemistry – least of all Stephen Strange and Christine, a relationship meant to be at the heart of the movie. Rob Salkowitz, Forbes, 6 May 2022 When Jacobs picks it up, a thimbleful of soot flies into the air, creating a little plume of smoke that lingers. Randall Lane, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 Microbiologists began by isolating the microbial DNA in a thimbleful of soil to see what genes and species were in the sample. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 12 July 2021 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 See More

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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 17 Aug. 2022.

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