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[bag-foo l] /ˈbæg fʊl/
noun, plural bagfuls.
the contents of or amount held by a bag:
three bagfuls of groceries.
the quantity required to fill a bag.
a considerable amount:
He has a bagful of clever ideas.
Origin of bagful
Middle English word dating back to 1275-1325; See origin at bag, -ful
Usage note
See -ful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He very likely carries a bagful of golf-sticks, or is pumping up his bicycle.

    Back Home Eugene Wood
  • Then a hammer and a bagful of wooden pins were placed in his hands.

    Under the Waves R M Ballantyne
  • He said Eliphalet Congdon had taken a bagful to pass on the unwary.

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep! Meredith Nicholson
  • Youll find a bagful of white-hearts in the locker of the boat.

    Twos and Threes G. B. Stern
  • Diamonds I had, a bagful of them, for we knew that huddlers treasured diamonds.

    The Huddlers William Campbell Gault
  • You didn't have a thing but the clothes on your back and a bagful of diamonds.

    The Huddlers William Campbell Gault
  • They always likes a bone or two to clean their teeth on about tea-time, which you as a bagful.

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • He returned from his first visit to New York "with an empty pocket and an empty stomach, but with a bagful of books."

  • He took out a bagful and told me that I was to throw them to the children, and this I did with great gusto.

Word Origin and History for bagful

c.1300, bagge-ful, from bag (n.) + -ful.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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