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[kan-foo l] /ˈkæn fʊl/
noun, plural canfuls.
the amount that a can will hold.
Origin of canful
First recorded in 1695-1705; can2 + -ful
Usage note
See -ful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Here, four times a week we bought a canful of milk that had to do us two days.

    The Dew of Their Youth S. R. Crockett
  • So she gave Uncle Wiggily a canful of fresh milk, for the rabbit had brought the milk can out with him.

    Uncle Wiggily's Travels

    Howard R. Garis
  • He drew a canful of water from the well, and had such a wash as no soap and a handkerchief would permit of.

    Pearl of Pearl Island John Oxenham

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