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cupful

[kuhp-foo l]
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noun, plural cup·fuls.
  1. the amount a cup can hold.
  2. Cookery. a volumetric measure equal to 8 fluid ounces (237 milliliters); half pint.
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Origin of cupful

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

Usage note

1. See -ful.
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Related Words for cupful

mug, drink, bowl, beaker, potion, chalice, grail, vessel, teacup, cannikin, goblet, stein, tumbler, draught, cupful, taster, demitasse

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

n.

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

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