What does handful mean?

Definitions for handful
ˈhænd fʊlhand·ful

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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. James Nobles:

    So Paul Ricotta wasnt even there, Matthew Rich said. Officer Specksgoor was on the scene at Jefferson Avenue, however at the time the defensive tactic was applied, Officer Specksgoor was in Officer Specksgoor patrol car and could not see what was happening. Protests flared in the city and elsewhere in the nation in the wake of Prudes death. A handful of demonstrators were arrested on Thursday outside the building where the press conference was being held, WROC.com reported. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Theres no question its a tragic situation for Mr. Prudes family, and there may need to be conversations about training and mental health intervention.

  2. Bernie Sanders:

    What I mean by democratic socialism is creating a government that works for everybody, not controlled either legislatively or politically by a handful of very wealthy people.

  3. Phil Bell:

    Because these things are exhumed by opal miners, lots of other information is often lost, like their exact position in the mine and any other fossils that were found around it, we know of plenty of cases where a miner has brought up a handful of bones from a single animal. The rest of the thing might have been destroyed in the mining process or sitting in a waste pile at the bottom of the mine.

  4. Peter King:

    It's sort of a knee-jerk reaction, the National Rifle Association is strongly opposed to it, and the fact is we have only a handful of Republican co-sponsors.

  5. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan:

    At a time when Turkey is hosting three million, those who are unable to find space for a handful of refugees, who in the middle of Europe keep these innocents in shameful conditions, must first look at themselves.

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