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[ahrm-foo l] /ˈɑrmˌfʊl/
noun, plural armfuls.
as much as a person can hold or carry in an arm or both arms.
Informal. a girl or woman with a well-rounded figure.
Informal. an obstreperous child; handful.
Origin of armful
First recorded in 1570-80; arm1 + -ful
Usage note
1. See -ful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for armful
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  • She was at the stove, where an armful of kindling had been set off to take the chill out of the house.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • Gilbert took an armful of shirts from the chest of drawers and dropped them into the trunk.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • Wentworth reentered, followed by the Earl's valet carrying an armful of garments.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • It had been Luke who received the armful of flowers sent anonymously.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley
  • She had forgotten to bring in an armful from the pile over by the sugar-boiler.

    The House in the Water Charles G. D. Roberts
  • "But I want so to give him these things," and Elsie clasps tightly her armful of treasures.

    Golden Moments Anonymous
  • After bringing an armful of the tea-plant, we made a trip to the moss-patch.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens
  • You wait until I get an armful of rocks and I'll beat some of their heads off!

  • Madelene dropped the armful of clothes she held and fled to obey.

    The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • Thal came in with an armful of stun-pistols in various stages of discharge.

    The Pirates of Ersatz Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for armful


noun (pl) -fuls
the amount that can be held by one or both arms
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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