English [ edit ]
Alternative forms [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
, from Middle English 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 Saterland Frisian ( Hondful “ handful ”), West Frisian ( hânfol “ handful ”), Dutch ( handvol “ handful ”), Danish ( håndfuld “ handful ”), Swedish ( handfull “ handful ”), Icelandic ( handfylli “ handful ”).
Pronunciation [ edit ]
IPA (: key) /ˈhæn(d)fʊl/, /ˈhæn(d)f(ə)l/
handful ( plural handfuls or ) handsful
The amount that a
hand will grasp or contain.
I put two or three corns in my mouth, liked it, stole a . - handful, went into my chamber, chewed it, and for two months after never failed taking toll of every pennyworth of oatmeal that came into the house Joseph Addison, The Spectator, Vol. VI
( obsolete ) A hand's breadth; four inches.
Knap the tongs together about a handful from the bottom. - Francis Bacon A
small quantity, usually approximately equal to five.
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.
Synonyms [ edit ]
Derived terms [ edit ]
To have one's handful: (Obsolete): to have one's hands full; to have all one can do.
They had their handful to defend themselves from firing. - Sir Walter Raleigh
Related terms [ edit ]
Translations [ edit ]
amount held in hand
բուռ ( (hy) buṙ) Aromanian:
mãnatã f Chinese:
滿手 , (zh) 满手 ( (zh) mǎnshoǔ) Czech:
hrst (cs) f Danish:
håndfuld c Dutch:
handvol (nl) n Esperanto:
, plenmano manpleno Finnish:
kourallinen (fi) French:
poignée (fr) f German:
Handvoll (de) f Greek:
χούφτα (el) ( f choúfta) Hungarian:
marék , (hu) , maréknyi marok , (hu) maroknyi (hu) Ido:
manuedo (io) Indonesian:
crág f Italian:
manciata , (it) pugno , (it) manipolo (it) m Japanese:
( 一握り ひとにぎり, hitonigiri), ( 一掴み ひとつかみ, hitotsukami) Norman:
pouongnie f Korean:
( 한 줌 han jum) Latgalian:
гр́ст ( m gŕst) Maori:
, kutanga kapuranga Norwegian:
håndfull , m handfull m Nynorsk:
handfull f Polish:
garść (pl) f Portuguese:
punhado (pt) , m mancheia (pt) f Quechua:
pumn (ro) , n mănunchi (ro) n Russian:
горсть (ru) ( f gorstʹ), при́горшня (ru) ( f prígoršnja), жме́ня (ru) ( f žménja) Scots:
, haundfu , luiffu nievefu Scottish Gaelic:
làn cròige f Shan:
( ယွပ်း jɔp4) Slovak:
hrsť , f hŕstka f Sorbian:
gjarsć f Spanish:
manojo (es) , m puñado (es) m Swedish:
handfull (sv) , c näve (sv) c Telugu:
చేరెడు ( (te) cēreḍu) Thai:
( หยิบมือเดียว yib mue diew) ( figurative, idiomatic ) Ukrainian:
жме́ня ( f žménja) Zulu:
isandla (zu) class , 7/ 8 ukhweshe (zu) class 11/ 10
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