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HANDFUL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does handful mean? 

HANDFUL (noun)
  The noun HANDFUL has 2 senses:

1. a small number or amount
2. the quantity that can be held in the hand

  Familiarity information: HANDFUL used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


HANDFUL (noun)


Sense 1handful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A small number or amount

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

handful; smattering

Context example:

only a handful of responses were received

Hypernyms ("handful" is a kind of...):

small indefinite amount; small indefinite quantity (an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude)


Sense 2handful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The quantity that can be held in the hand

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

fistful; handful

Hypernyms ("handful" is a kind of...):

containerful (the quantity that a container will hold)


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