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[kuhp-foo l] /ˈkʌp fʊl/
noun, plural cupfuls.
the amount a cup can hold.
Cookery. a volumetric measure equal to 8 fluid ounces (237 milliliters); half pint.
Origin of cupful
First recorded in 1350-1400, cupful is from the Middle English word cuppefulle. See cup, -ful
Usage note
1. See -ful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Make 1/2 cupful of the sugar and the 1/2 cupful of water into caramel.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • Even in a rich country they bring in potio slowly--a cupful at a time.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Give it brimstone and treacle and a cupful of wormwood and camomile.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • There was no other spring near at hand, and she was determined to have a cupful from that one.

    The Trail of a Sourdough May Kellogg Sullivan
  • Blake dashed his face with the cupful of water still left in the canteen.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • He went inside again, this time to prepare a cupful of herbs.

  • However, a goodly part of the cupful of pills was administered to her.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • But in our play we catch a cupful of the romance of the real thing.

    From a Cornish Window Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Soak ½ box of gelatine in ½ a cupful of cold water until soft.

  • In a skillet melt and heat ½ of a cupful of lard or bacon fat.

Word Origin and History for cupful

mid-12c., from cup (n.) + -ful.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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