Definitions for handfulˈhænd fʊl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hand•fulˈhænd fʊl(n.)(pl.)-fuls.

  1. the quantity or amount that the hand can hold.

  2. a small amount or quantity.

  3. Informal. a person or thing that is as much as one can manage or control.

    Category: Informal

Origin of handful:

bef. 900

Princeton's WordNet

  1. handful, smattering(noun)

    a small number or amount

    "only a handful of responses were received"

  2. handful, fistful(noun)

    the quantity that can be held in the hand

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. handful(noun)ˈhænd fʊl

    the amount held in one hand

    a handful of candy


  1. handful(Noun)

    As much as the hand will grasp or contain. - Joseph Addison

  2. handful(Noun)

    A hand's breadth; four inches.

    Knap the tongs together about a handful from the bottom. - Francis Bacon

  3. handful(Noun)

    A small quantity, usually approximately equal to five, the number of fingers on a hand.

    This handful of men were tied to very hard duty. - Fuller

  4. handful(Noun)

    Something which can only be managed with difficulty.

    Those twins are a real handful to look after.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Handful(noun)

    as much as the hand will grasp or contain

  2. Handful(noun)

    a hand's breadth; four inches

  3. Handful(noun)

    a small quantity

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'handful' in Nouns Frequency: #2326

Translations for handful

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


as much as can be held in one hand

a handful of sweets.

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