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[kap-foo l]
noun, plural cap·fuls.
  1. the amount that a cap will hold.
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Origin of capful

First recorded in 1710–20; cap1 + -ful

Usage note

See -ful.
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Examples from the Web for capful

Historical Examples

  • At an early period of his existence he broke a capful of eggs.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864


  • But the news from Orkney, Bryce, instead of croaking about a capful of wind?

    The Pirate

    Sir Walter Scott

  • Whenever there is a capful of wind, and the water is a bit rough, I am sick as a dog.

    An Old English Home

    S. Baring-Gould

  • Counter-jumpers and land-lubbers funk a capful of wind mightily.

  • Did you ever see so many halyards snap in your life, and in just a capful of wind?