[bag-foo l]

noun, plural bag·fuls.

the contents of or amount held by a bag: three bagfuls of groceries.
the quantity required to fill a bag.
a considerable amount: He has a bagful of clever ideas.

Origin of bagful

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at bag, -ful

Usage note

See -ful. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bagful

Contemporary Examples of bagful

Historical Examples of bagful

  • He very likely carries a bagful of golf-sticks, or is pumping up his bicycle.

    Back Home

    Eugene Wood

  • Then a hammer and a bagful of wooden pins were placed in his hands.

    Under the Waves

    R M Ballantyne

  • He said Eliphalet Congdon had taken a bagful to pass on the unwary.

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep!

    Meredith Nicholson

  • Youll find a bagful of white-hearts in the locker of the boat.

    Twos and Threes

    G. B. Stern

  • You didn't have a thing but the clothes on your back and a bagful of diamonds.

    The Huddlers

    William Campbell Gault

Word Origin and History for bagful

c.1300, bagge-ful, from bag (n.) + -ful.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper