Definition of mouthful noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmaʊθfʊl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaʊθfʊl//
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  1. 1[countable] an amount of food or drink that you put in your mouth at one time She took a mouthful of water. Thank you, but I couldn’t eat another mouthful. He talked eagerly between mouthfuls of salad.
  2. 2[singular] (informal) a word or a phrase that is long and complicated or difficult to pronounce My name’s Zacharias. You can call me Zach if it’s too much of a mouthful. Dr Solomon’s Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows (what a mouthful!)
  3. Extra examples I choked on a mouthful of tea. She answered through a mouthful of cake. She landed on her face, getting a mouthful of sand. She took a large mouthful of bread and started to read the letter. a mouthful of coffeeIdioms
    give somebody a mouthful
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    (informal, especially British English) to speak angrily to somebody, perhaps swearing at them He gave the referee a mouthful.
    (North American English, informal) to say something important using only a few words You said a mouthful there, buddy.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mouthful