- Word Parts
|part of speech:
||a quantity that can be held in a single hand.
She put one more handful of dirt into the flower pot.We sat there eating popcorn by the handful.
||a small, undetermined amount of something.
We got only a handful of replies.
- similar words:
||(informal) one that is difficult to deal with or control.
That child is really a handful!
The word handful
contains the following part:
that means an amount that fills
More about this word part:
The suffix -ful2 attaches to native English nouns denoting containers to form amount nouns.