Handful

  • 1 handful — hand ful (h[a^]nd f[.u]l), n.; pl. {handfuls} (h[a^]nd f[.u]lz). [AS. handfull.] 1. As much as the hand will grasp or contain. Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. A hand s breadth; four inches. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Knap the tongs together about a handful …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 handful — (n.) O.E. handful; see HAND (Cf. hand) (n.) + FUL (Cf. ful). Originally the quality that can be held in a hand; also a medieval linear measurement of four inches. Meaning a small portion or part is from c.1400. Figurative meaning as much as one… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 handful — [hand′fool΄] n. pl. handfuls [ME < OE handfull] 1. as much or as many as the hand will hold 2. a relatively small number or amount [a mere handful of people] 3. Informal as much as one is able to manage; someone or something hard to manage …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 handful — has the plural form handfuls. See ful …

    Modern English usage

  • 5 handful — [adj] a small quantity few, scattering, small number, smattering, some, spattering, sprinkling; concept 789 Ant. lot, mass …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 handful — ► NOUN 1) a quantity that fills the hand. 2) a small number or amount. 3) informal a person who is difficult to deal with or control …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 handful — noun 1 amount that can be held in one hand ADJECTIVE ▪ good ▪ double ▪ She bent and pulled up a double handful of weeds. PREPOSITION ▪ handful of …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 8 handful — hand|ful [ˈhændful] n 1.) an amount that you can hold in your hand handful of ▪ The boy picked up a handful of stones and started throwing them at us. 2.) a handful of sth a very small number of people or things ▪ There were only a handful of… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 handful — [[t]hæ̱ndfʊl[/t]] handfuls 1) N SING: usu N of n A handful of people or things is a small number of them. He surveyed the handful of customers at the bar... One spring morning a handful of potential investors assembled in Quincy. 2) N COUNT: usu… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 handful */*/ — UK [ˈhæn(d)fʊl] / US [ˈhæn(d)ˌfʊl] noun Word forms handful : singular handful plural handfuls 1) [singular] a very small number of people or things The game was dominated by a handful of players. 2) [countable] the quantity of something that you… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 handful — noun 1 (C) an amount that you can hold in your hand (+ of): a handful of nuts 2 a handful of a very small number of people or things: Only a handful of countries have implemented these regulations. 3 a handful informal someone, especially a child …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 handful — /hand fool/, n., pl. handfuls. 1. the quantity or amount that the hand can hold: a handful of coins. 2. a small amount, number, or quantity: a handful of men. 3. Informal. a person or thing that is as much as one can manage or control: The baby s …

    Universalium

  • 13 handful — hand|ful [ hænd,ful ] noun ** 1. ) count the quantity of something that you can hold in your hand: handful of: a handful of coins 2. ) singular a very small number of people or things: The game was dominated by a handful of players. 3. ) singular …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 handful — [ˈhæn(d)fʊl] noun 1) [singular] a very small number of people or things Only a handful of people attended the meeting.[/ex] 2) [C] the quantity of something that you can hold in your hand a handful of coins[/ex] 3) [singular] informal someone who …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 15 handful — noun (plural handfuls; also handsful) Date: before 12th century 1. as much or as many as the hand will grasp 2. a small quantity or number < a handful of people > 3. as much as one can manage < the kids are quite a handful > …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 handful — noun a) As much as the hand will grasp or contain. Knap the tongs together about a handful from the bottom. b) 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 …

    Wiktionary

  • 17 handful — noun 1) a handful of bad apples Syn: a few, a small number of, a small amount of, a small quantity of, one or two, some, not many, a scattering of, a trickle of 2) informal the child is a real handful Syn: nuisa …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 handful — /ˈhændfʊl / (say handfool) noun (plural handfuls) 1. as much or as many as the hand can grasp or contain. 2. a small quantity or number: a handful of people. 3. Colloquial a person, animal, vehicle, activity, etc., that is as much as one can… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 handful — n. a difficult thing or person. □ Little Jimmy is a handful. □ His dad can be a handful, too …

    Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • 20 handful — n ( es/ u), f ( e/ a) handful …

    Old to modern English dictionary


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