a small number or amount
"only a handful of responses were received"
the quantity that can be held in the hand
A person, task, or situation, which is the most that one can manage; as, my two-year-old is a handful.
Origin: [AS. handfull.]
As much as the hand will grasp or contain. - Joseph Addison
A hand's breadth; four inches.
Knap the tongs together about a handful from the bottom. - Francis Bacon
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
Something which can only be managed with difficulty.
Those twins are a real handful to look after.
as much as the hand will grasp or contain
a hand's breadth; four inches
a small quantity
Origin: [AS. handfull.]
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
Used figuratively, in a military sense, to denote a comparatively small number; as, “a handful of men.”
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'handful' in Nouns Frequency: #2326
The numerical value of handful in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of handful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Examples of handful in a Sentence
A handful of judges rewrote Obamacare.
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
Certainly McMaster needs to gain a handful of points.
A handful of common sense is worth a bushel of learning.
A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.
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Translations for handful
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- håndfuld, håndsbredDanish
- Handvoll, Hand vollGerman
- puñado, manojoSpanish
- manipule, poignéeFrench
- làn cròigeScottish Gaelic
- maréknyi, marok, marék, maroknyiHungarian
- pugno, manciata, manipolo, indisciplinato, irrequieto, gruppetto, birichinoItalian
- 少数, 一掴み, 一握りJapanese
- [[한]] [[줌]]Korean
- kutanga, kapurangaMāori
- lastpost, handvol, handbreed, beetje, handbreedte, handenbinderDutch
- garstka, trudne do zniesienia, garśćPolish
- palmo, mancheia, punhadoPortuguese
- при́горшня, горсть, жме́ня, го́рсткаRussian
- hŕstka, hrsťSlovak
- handfull, näveSwedish
- isandla, ukhwesheZulu
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