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[kan-foo l]
noun, plural can·fuls.
  1. the amount that a can will hold.
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Origin of canful

First recorded in 1695–1705; can2 + -ful

Usage note

See -ful.
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Examples from the Web for canful

Historical Examples of canful

  • Here, four times a week we bought a canful of milk that had to do us two days.

    The Dew of Their Youth

    S. R. Crockett

  • So she gave Uncle Wiggily a canful of fresh milk, for the rabbit had brought the milk can out with him.

  • He drew a canful of water from the well, and had such a wash as no soap and a handkerchief would permit of.