[kan-foo l]

noun, plural can·fuls.

the amount that a can will hold.

Origin of canful

First recorded in 1695–1705; can2 + -ful

Usage note

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

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.

  • 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.