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[buhk-it-foo l] /ˈbʌk ɪtˌfʊl/
noun, plural bucketfuls.
the amount that a bucket can hold:
a bucketful of water.
Origin of bucketful
First recorded in 1555-65; bucket + -ful
Usage note
See -ful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was as though he had thrown a bucketful of water over me.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • Diamonds are very cheap now; they find 'em by the bucketful in the Cape, you know.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills

    Charles Garvice
  • "He meant to draw it by the bucketful and not in drops," interpreted Billington.

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin
  • They are fine and large, and so plentiful that I can gather a bucketful in an hour.

    The Battle and the Breeze R.M. Ballantyne
  • She was as delighted as we were, and wanted us to have a bucketful brought on deck.

    Twice Lost W.H.G. Kingston
  • It was less a decent, decorous shower, than a dash of water by the bucketful.

    My Wife and I Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • One by one they answered; there was not a bucketful in any lodge!

    The War-Trail Fort James Willard Schultz
  • Richard examined every bucketful of earth as he pulled it np.

    Grif B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • In Italy a bucketful of ice would be worth traveling miles to see.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • It is now a cow-house, and has three cows in it, so that we get new milk by the bucketful.

    Pictures from Italy Charles Dickens

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