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[thim-buh l-foo l] /ˈθɪm bəlˌfʊl/
noun, plural thimblefuls.
the amount that a thimble will hold.
a small quantity, especially of liquid.
Origin of thimbleful
First recorded in 1600-10; thimble + -ful
Usage note
See -ful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then, she asked for a thimbleful of brandy, drank it, and slowly wiped her lips.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • You have looked over this thimbleful of a house, and I hope it has pleased you.

    A Young Mutineer Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • She was about to take a thimbleful of rum as a solace for having her rest disturbed.

  • A thimbleful to moisten our tongues would have been worth its bulk in gold.

    Salt Water W. H. G. Kingston
  • Tim suggested that a thimbleful of rum would be mighty pleasant.

    The Three Admirals W.H.G. Kingston
  • It was as if someone gave a gray wren a thimbleful of champagne.

    Dominie Dean Ellis Parker Butler
  • Silver inkstand of enormous size, holding about a thimbleful of ink.

  • Perhaps it may be as well to add that a Chinese cup holds about a thimbleful.

  • Weve been all round the island, and we didnt ship a thimbleful of water.

    Peter Cotterell's Treasure Rupert Sargent Holland
British Dictionary definitions for thimbleful


a very small amount, esp of a liquid
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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