[ kap-fool ]

noun,plural cap·fuls.
  1. the amount that a cap will hold.

Origin of capful

First recorded in 1710–20; cap1 + -ful

usage note For capful

See -ful.

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

How to use capful in a sentence

  • He finally left in disgust, with the remark that there was not a capful of wind to be had in the place.

  • This, of course, is the effect of a gentle and balmy hurricane—a mere capful of wind that tears and tatters them.

    Falling in Love | Grant Allen
  • But he returned to camp without having fired a shot, and with only a capful of thimbleberries as spoil.

    Kiddie the Scout | Robert Leighton
  • Here give us a pipe of tobacco if we're to warp out half a day ere we get a capful of wind.

    A Set of Rogues | Frank Barrett
  • There was not more than a capful of wind; but once let the canvas fill, and the schooner would get steerageway.

    Sheila of Big Wreck Cove | James A. Cooper