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

How to pronounce handful?

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How to say handful in sign language?

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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. Andy Slavitt:

    I would caution you not to be overly swayed by any one or a handful of companies and whether they are making money or not.

  2. Louis Untermeyer:

    Nothing but blackness aboveAnd nothing that moves but the cars...God, if you wish for our love,Fling us a handful of stars

  3. Paul Ryan:

    There are a handful of unresolved issues and I'm just not — I don't want to make news, but we'll see if they can get this done by May 17 and get us the paper to Congress, which then we could have this vote in December, if they can't, then we won't.

  4. Home Minister Rajnath Singh:

    It is true the number of Indians in the group or involved in its activities is only a handful, but I want to make clear we are taking this seriously.

  5. Peter Salama:

    Even though it seems like a large sum, we know most countries can actually afford to do this based on their domestic resources. It is only a handful of countries that requires international aid to scale up their primary health care.

Images & Illustrations of handful

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