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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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  • And now let us all go in and stir up the fire—and, please, one of you bring me a thimbleful of brandy.

    The Arm-Chair at the Inn F. Hopkinson Smith
  • A thimbleful to moisten our tongues would have been worth its bulk in gold.

    Salt Water W. H. G. Kingston
  • The lunatic poured out a thimbleful for himself and filled Gaudissart's glass.

    Parisians in the Country Honore de Balzac
  • Then, she asked for a thimbleful of brandy, drank it, and slowly wiped her lips.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • If she succeeds in her guess, a thimbleful of water is thrown in her face.

  • Tim suggested that a thimbleful of rum would be mighty pleasant.

    The Three Admirals W.H.G. Kingston
  • To York fair he must, he would go, if condemned to a bean and a thimbleful of water for fasting dinner ever after.

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

  • It took me the whole of a night, but I wouldnt have grudged it, if Id only got a thimbleful of thanks for my pains.

    Egholm and his God Johannes Buchholtz
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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