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fistful

[fist-foo l]
noun, plural fist·fuls.
  1. a handful: a fistful of pennies.
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Origin of fistful

First recorded in 1605–15; fist1 + -ful

Usage note

See -ful.
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Contemporary Examples of fistful

Historical Examples of fistful

  • I tell you he's given me a fistful of big notes three days ago.

    Under Western Eyes

    Joseph Conrad

  • Mitzi helped herself to a fistful of the salty, twisted crackers.

    Mitz and Fritz of Germany

    Madeline Brandeis

  • The same man who had kicked him handed me a fistful of gold.

    Saragossa

    Benito Prez Galds

  • Nor was the fistful of currency in the other hand to be sneezed at.

    The Oakdale Affair

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • He reached down, plucked a fistful of grass, and mopped his forehead.


Word Origin and History for fistful

n.

1610s, from fist (n.) + -ful.

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