What does handful mean?

Definitions for handful
ˈhænd fʊlhand·ful

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word handful.

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

GCIDE

  1. handful(n.)

    A person, task, or situation, which is the most that one can manage; as, my two-year-old is a handful.

    Etymology: [AS. handfull.]

Wiktionary

  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

    Etymology: [AS. handfull.]

  2. Handful(noun)

    a hand's breadth; four inches

    Etymology: [AS. handfull.]

  3. Handful(noun)

    a small quantity

    Etymology: [AS. handfull.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. handful

    Used figuratively, in a military sense, to denote a comparatively small number; as, “a handful of men.”

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of handful in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of handful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of handful in a Sentence

  1. Mike Lippert:

    In the short-term, people have been hiding out in a handful of names, sooner or later we will get a real economic recovery and from that point the stocks that were thrown out will lead the market.

  2. John Buttolph:

    I felt I had to take what was a handful of seed corn and plant it and nurture and grow another crop or cycle of Mrs. Winner’s.

  3. Vikram Thakur:

    Based on the victimology coupled with the investment required to create, maintain, and operate Regin, we believe there are at best a handful of countries that could be behind its existence, regin came back on the radar in 2019.

  4. Ian Rintoul:

    They are systematically removing people from compounds who they believe are ring leaders, i mean, they really think that they can behead the movement by removing a handful of individuals from the compounds, but it's patently not the case.

  5. Scott Becker:

    That was unacceptable to New York, a handful of labs had this issue. It wasn't very many. But in the case of New York, where they were following multiple people under investigation and with all the global air travel, they really have an urgent need to bring up testing.

Images & Illustrations of handful

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