boatful

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From Middle English botefull, botfull, equivalent to boat +‎ -ful.

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boatful (plural boatfuls or boatsful)

  1. Enough of something to fill a boat, or a boat filled with the thing in question
    The city consumes boatfuls of fish every day.
    • 2007, January 1, “Amy Cortese”, in At Sea With a Book to Read, and the Author of It, Too[1]:
      Often sponsored by publishers, the cruises, aboard commercial liners, feature popular authors who give readings and seminars -- even knitting lessons -- to boatfuls of book lovers.

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