[ bas-kit-fool, bah-skit- ]

noun,plural bas·ket·fuls.
  1. a sufficient quantity to fill a basket; the amount contained in a basket.

  2. any considerable quantity: a basketful of surprises.

Origin of basketful

First recorded in 1565–75; basket + -ful

usage note For basketful

See -ful.

Words Nearby basketful Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use basketful in a sentence

  • I took her a basketful of fresh eggs, and she promised me some waffles and scrambled eggs.

  • He's just a basketful of festering, pestilent corruption, provided for the support and entertainment of microbes.

  • The two latter had gone down among the trees near the beach to get the last basketful of moss to complete the work of adornment.

    Peak's Island | Ford Paul
  • Shame upon our ancestors—we'll gather them ourselves, and frank a whole basketful to Europe.

    Poems of The Third Period | Friedrich Schiller
  • You'll take me, daddy, won't yer—'cos I've picked a lot of samphire—all that, and another basketful up there?

    A Sailor's Lass | Emma Leslie