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barrelful

[bar-uh l-foo l]
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noun, plural bar·rel·fuls.
  1. the amount that a barrel can hold.
  2. any large quantity: a barrelful of jokes.

Origin of barrelful

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at barrel, -ful

Usage note

See -ful.
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Examples from the Web for barrelful

Historical Examples

  • There ain't a dipper left in the ship, and the water pourin' in by the barrelful!

    The Old Tobacco Shop

    William Bowen

  • To look at me you would have sworn I had swallowed a barrelful, barrel and all.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck

    R. Pitcher Woodward

  • I fancy it takes about a barrelful of them to make a "trade."

  • They had not attempted to count them, simply measured them by the barrelful.

    Georgina of the Rainbows

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • But it had no other result than to shake down a barrelful of snow-like dust.


Word Origin and History for barrelful

n.

late 14c., from barrel (n.) + -ful.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper