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



    BrE BrE//ˈhændfʊl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhændfʊl//
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  1. 1[countable] handful (of something) the amount of something that can be held in one hand a handful of rice She scooped up handfuls of loose earth.
  2. 2[singular] handful (of somebody/something) a small number of people or things Only a handful of people came. They cannot hope to win more than a handful of seats at the next election.
  3. 3a handful [singular] (informal) a person or an animal that is difficult to control Her children can be a real handful.
  4. Extra examples He has a good handful of letters after his name. Only a handful of people know the true situation. She bent and pulled up a double handful of weeds. She grabbed handfuls of the dirty snow. She has a good handful of Hollywood roles under her belt. We have received only a small handful of letters on this subject.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: handful