What does handful mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term 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.

  2. Origin: [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

  2. Handful(noun)

    a hand's breadth; four inches

  3. Handful(noun)

    a small quantity

  4. Origin: [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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    US English
    Daniel
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    British
    Karen
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    Australian
    Veena
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    Indian

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. Ted Cruz:

    A handful of judges rewrote Obamacare.

  2. T. S. Eliot:

    I will show you fear in a handful of dust.

  3. Charles Bierbauer:

    Certainly McMaster needs to gain a handful of points.

  4. Author Unknown:

    A handful of common sense is worth a bushel of learning.

  5. Dutch Proverb:

    A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.

Images & Illustrations of handful

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