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handful

hand·ful

handful

 
 
pronunciation:
haend fl
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the amount that can be held in a single hand.
She put a handful of dirt in the flower pot.
definition 2: a small number or amount.
The audience asked only a handful of questions.
similar words:
couple
definition 3: (informal) a person or thing that is difficult to deal with or control
The new puppy is really a handful!
Word Parts
The word handful contains the following part:
-ful2 Old English noun-forming suffix that means an amount that fills
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The suffix -ful2 attaches to native English nouns denoting containers to form amount nouns.