From Middle English shipfull, schyp fful, ssipvol, equivalent to ship + -ful.
shipful (plural shipfuls or shipsful)
- As much as a ship will hold.
2007 January 19, Holland Cotter, “Treasure Hunt for Grown-Ups With Money”, in New York Times:
- And in Elinor Gordon’s booth you’ll find a shipful of China Trade porcelains, of a kind that gave the West an image of China that the Chinese thought the West wanted to see.