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[pok-it-foo l] /ˈpɒk ɪtˌfʊl/
noun, plural pocketfuls.
the amount that a pocket will hold.
Origin of pocketful
First recorded in 1605-15; pocket + -ful
Usage note
See -ful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for pocketful
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  • A pocketful of small change will make many a rough place smooth.

    Of Walks and Walking Tours Arnold Haultain
  • Halse had a pocketful of doughnuts (which he always called duffnuts).

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • Friendship for him, an empty purse and a pocketful of ambition.

    The Grey Cloak Harold MacGrath
  • Eve carried a pocketful of rose petals and threw them into the air as she went.

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
  • I screamed; but the Bedouin would not let me down until I promised him the other pocketful of raisins.

    The Syrian Christ Abraham Mitrie Rihbany
  • A pocketful of corn, peas, or other large grain is now needed for scent.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • It was getting dark, and must have been about five o'clock, when I stopped and counted a pocketful of pennies.

    Beggars W. H. (William Henry) Davies
  • I had till then forgotten my pistol and pocketful of cartridges.

    Old Man Savarin and Other Stories Edward William Thomson
  • I wish I had a pocketful of sudden deaths, that I might throw one at every thief of a musicianer that comes up the street.

    Jorrocks' Jaunts and Jollities Robert Smith Surtees
  • When I want them I'll go to them with a pocketful of rocks—knock-down argument.

    The March Family Trilogy, Complete William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for pocketful


noun (pl) -fuls
as much as a pocket will hold
(informal) a large amount: it cost him a pocketful of money
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pocketful

1610s, from pocket (n.) + -ful.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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