[dish-foo l]

noun, plural dish·fuls.

the amount that a dish will hold.

Origin of dishful

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at dish, -ful

Usage note

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

Examples from the Web for dishful

Historical Examples of dishful

  • Sometimes a present was bestowed upon the one who ate his dishful first.

    Legends of The Kaw

    Carrie de Voe

  • Would you mind,” asked David in an embarrassed manner as he wistfully eyed the coveted luxury, “if I took my dishful home?

    David Dunne

    Belle Kanaris Maniates

  • After putting on her clothes she ate some bread-and-butter, swallowed a dishful of cold tea, and went out into the street.

    Liza of Lambeth

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • I found a man once in my raspberry-bushes, early in the season, when we were waiting for a dishful to ripen.

  • A dishful of sprigs in October proves pleasant both to the sight and smell, the flowers and fruit being charmingly blended.