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skin +‎ -ful


  • IPA(key): /ˈskɪnfəl/
  • Hyphenation: skin‧ful


skinful (plural skinfuls or skinsful)

  1. Enough to fill a skin.
    a skinful of wine
  2. (colloquial) Enough alcoholic drink to cause inebriation.
    I wasn't thinking straight – I'd had a skinful that night.
    • 1773, Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer:
      When methodist preachers come down,
      A-preaching that drinking is sinful,
      I'll wager the rascals a crown,
      They always preach best with a skinful.
  3. (slang) Plenty; a large amount.
    • 1959, Frank Clune, Murders on Maunga-tapu, page 10:
      To steal a housewife's purse might mean that her children would have to go hungry; but what of that, if the flash young “dip” could gain admiration from his mates by boasting that he had “frisked a judy's cly and lifted a skinful of bunce”?
    • 2011, Anne Emery, Death at Christy Burke's, page 102:
      “Now there's a skinful of abuse!” the curly top exclaimed. “Sounds as if she crossed the ocean just to denounce you in a public place.”