Adjective "Handful" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A quantity that fills the hand.
  1. 'She buys bags of nuts for them and throws them out in great handfuls that arc gracefully through the air and drop on the grass with the patter of tiny nut projectiles.'
  2. 'The 20-year-old star had to opt for a close-cropped style when her hair started falling out in horrifying handfuls, but she is desperate to have flowing long hair once again..'
  3. 'When the wine is heated to the point where air bubbles are rising to the top (it must not boil), stir and add the cheese by handfuls, each time allowing the cheese to dissolve before adding the next bunch.'
  4. 'Expectant youngsters caught handfuls of kitchels at the Harwich's historic mayor-making ceremony.'
  5. 'Take out a couple of the bottles, and fill the empty spots with bouquets of flowers and handfuls of candy.'
  6. 'Two robbers claiming to be armed with knives robbed a jewellery store stealing handfuls of expensive chains and rings.'
  7. 'Residential sports schools across East Germany daily gave handfuls of pills to the children in their charge as well as drinks and injections, all of which were billed as vitamins and minerals.'
  8. 'It consisted of about two handfuls of greens grown in the garden (beet leaves and leftover leaf beet seedlings), together with 3 small peppers from my pepper plant, a carrot and an onion.'
  9. 'The lazy and eerie rustle of wind through trees was all we could hear as we gathered handfuls of rotting needles.'
  10. 'When her pail is full she helps me fill my pail, and we both eat handfuls of blueberries, staining our shirts and skirts and skin.'
  11. 'only a handful of people were in the pub'
  12. 'By February, 900 miners had abandoned the strike; at the pit gates, handfuls of pickets made desultory shouts of ‘scab’ as the trickle of working miners became a flood.'
  13. 'There always seem to be a handful of co-writes with his wife on every release.'
  14. 'Among the group's upmarket names, Bentley is probably cost-effective, but Lamborghini and Bugatti sell only in handfuls and must be a huge drain on resources.'
  15. 'Of the 72 people who have been through his doors only a handful have given up.'
  16. 'Among these networks were more than a handful of sports speciality channels.'
  17. 'The plan is simple: with only a few attacks (they probably only have a few handfuls of men) they generate news, this news in turn generates comment, the comment stirs up the blogosphere.'
  18. 'Only a handful of customers are inside the scattering of pubs in the Square.'
  19. 'All sandwiches come with a handful of nachos and some tasty homemade salsa.'
  20. 'By now you can fairly expect that the Doubting Thomases left will be just a handful.'
  21. 'This is among the handful of critical comments Lynch utters in the course of the book.'
A person or group that is very difficult to deal with or control.
  1. 'He is a good fighter and was a rough handful, but Harry dealt with him very well.'
  2. 'He is a handful right now, into everything, chewing on anything he can find.'
  3. 'He was learning she could be quite a handful, challenging him in ways he did not expect.'

More definitions

noun, plural handfuls.

1. the quantity or amount that the hand can hold: a handful of coins.

2. a small amount, number, or quantity: a handful of men.

3. Informal. a person or thing that is as much as one can manage or control: The baby's tantrums made him a handful.