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[tey-buh l-spoon-foo l] /ˈteɪ bəl spunˌfʊl/
noun, plural tablespoonfuls.
the amount a tablespoon can hold.
a volumetric measure equal to ½ fluid ounce (14.8 ml), or three teaspoonfuls.
Abbreviation: T., tbs., tbsp.
Origin of tablespoonful
First recorded in 1765-75; tablespoon + -ful
Usage note
See -ful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Add a tablespoonful of carbolic acid to the gallon while hot.

    Taxidermy Leon Luther Pray
  • A tablespoonful of seed will sow a patch twenty-five feet square.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • A tablespoonful of vinegar added to the dye bath helps the colour.

    Vegetable Dyes

    Ethel M. Mairet
  • One tablespoonful of vinegar adds a pleasant taste to this dish.

    The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile
  • Grate the corn; allow an egg and a tablespoonful of cream for every cupful.

  • Take a tablespoonful flour and one of butter and cream them.

  • Use one tablespoonful of coffee to a cup, and one for the pot.

  • Stir until the onion is a golden brown, add a tablespoonful of flour.

  • Chop up a sweet Spanish pepper, add a tablespoonful to the salad.

    Fifty Salads Thomas Jefferson Murrey
  • Put a tablespoonful of flour into the fat and stir until brown.

    Health on the Farm H. F. Harris

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