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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. 2017.
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  • At last all was in readiness, and, at a word, the water was poured—bucketful after bucketful—down the tunnels.

  • 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
  • Should the fire grow too strong, as it sometimes will, a little water is thrown on, a bucketful of which is kept always on hand.

    Home Pork Making A. W. Fulton
  • Diamonds are very cheap now; they find 'em by the bucketful in the Cape, you know.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills Charles Garvice
  • The wildfire roared up, one last time in one sheet, and snuffed out like a rush-light, and a bucketful of stinging hail fell.

    Rewards and Fairies Rudyard Kipling
  • She was as delighted as we were, and wanted us to have a bucketful brought on deck.

    Twice Lost W.H.G. Kingston
  • This was heaved down the hatchway of the store-room—bucketful after bucketful—but apparently without any good purpose.

    Ran Away to Sea Mayne Reid
  • It was less a decent, decorous shower, than a dash of water by the bucketful.

    My Wife and I Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • You've never seen a bucketful of cham—paign in the old country?'

    John Caldigate Anthony Trollope
  • One by one they answered; there was not a bucketful in any lodge!

    The War-Trail Fort James Willard Schultz

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