From pail + -ful.
pailful (plural pailfuls or pailsful)
- The amount that fills, or would fill, a pail. [from 16th c.]
- c. 1610, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, First Folio 1623, act 2 scene 2:
- if it should thunder, as it did before, I know not where to hide my head: yond same cloud cannot choose but fall by pailefuls.
- 1952, Doris Lessing, Martha Quest, Panther 1974, p. 118:
- McGrath's lounge was a vast brownish room, with a beige ceiling of heavy plaster divided into squares […] and finally swabbed with pailfuls of gilt.
amount that would fill a pail
- Russian: полное (polnoje) ведро (vedro) (pólnoje vedró)n