[kuhp-foo l]

noun, plural cup·fuls.

the amount a cup can hold.
Cookery. a volumetric measure equal to 8 fluid ounces (237 milliliters); half pint.

Origin of cupful

First recorded in 1350–1400, cupful is from the Middle English word cuppefulle. See cup, -ful

Usage note

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

Examples from the Web for cupful

Historical Examples of cupful

  • Make 1/2 cupful of the sugar and the 1/2 cupful of water into caramel.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • Even in a rich country they bring in potio slowly--a cupful at a time.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • Give it brimstone and treacle and a cupful of wormwood and camomile.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • There was no other spring near at hand, and she was determined to have a cupful from that one.

    The Trail of a Sourdough

    May Kellogg Sullivan

  • Blake dashed his face with the cupful of water still left in the canteen.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet

Word Origin and History for cupful

mid-12c., from cup (n.) + -ful.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper