A handful of peanuts.
- The definition of a handful is defined as a small amount or the amount of something that would fit in your hand.
- An example of a handful is the number of people in the audience for the local music show.
- An example of a handful is the amount of peanuts that fit in your hand when you reach into a bowl.
- Handful is defined as much as you can handle of something.
An example of a handful is a small child who is overactive.
- as much or as many as the hand will hold
- a relatively small number or amount: a mere handful of people
- Informal as much as one is able to manage; someone or something hard to manage
Origin of handfulMiddle English from Old English handfull
- The amount that a hand can hold.
- A small, undefined number or quantity: only a handful of people on the street.
- Informal One that is difficult to control or handle: The hyperactive toddler is a real handful.
(plural handfuls or handsful)
- As much as the hand will grasp or contain. - Joseph Addison
- A small quantity, usually approximately equal to five, the number of fingers on a hand.
- This handful of men were tied to very hard duty. - Fuller
- Something which can only be managed with difficulty.
- Those twins are a real handful to look after.
From Middle English, from Old English handful (“handful”), from Proto-Germanic *handfullą, *handfullō, *handfulljô (“handful”), from Proto-Germanic *handuz (“hand”), *fullaz (“full”), equivalent to hand + full (“fullness, plenty”). Cognate with West Frisian hânfol (“handful”), Dutch handvol (“handful”), Danish håndfuld (“handful”), Swedish handfull (“handfull”), Icelandic handfylli (“handful”).