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[skin-foo l] /ˈskɪn fʊl/
noun, plural skinfuls.
the amount that a skin container can hold.
Informal. a large or satisfying amount of food and drink.
Informal. an amount of liquor sufficient to make a person drunk.
Origin of skinful
First recorded in 1640-50; skin + -ful
Usage note
See -ful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We must cleave together, and you shall have a skinful of books and school and manners.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
  • He had better not go after her, or he'll get a skinful of broken bones.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
  • But they are brave, these Irish—brave enough without a skinful of whiskey.

    The Moonlit Way

    Robert W. Chambers
  • So it was four o'clock and all well—but me; I felt like a skinful of dry bones and all of them trying to ache at once.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • As a last chance, an Apache took a skinful of water, and poured the contents on the bare and bleeding skull of the Spaniard.

  • The commander 'e sez to me, "Billings," 'e sez, "w'y is it you carn't go ashore without gittin' a skinful?"

    Pincher Martin, O.D. H. Taprell Dorling
  • Pellett had had his skinful, and the fitness of things decreed that he should soak the clock around.

  • There was pore 'ole Alf Gorley wot beer made sick; but 'e used to like to see other coves with a skinful.

    Adventures of Bindle Herbert George Jenkins
  • He was the best of butlers; if he always drank a skinful, he never wasted a noggin.

  • He is a Spanish soldier on an Italian theatre, a bladder full of wind, a skinful of words, a fool's wonder and a wise man's fool.

British Dictionary definitions for skinful


noun (pl) -fuls
(slang) sufficient alcoholic drink to make one drunk (esp in the phrase have a skinful)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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