[fist-foo l]

noun, plural fist·fuls.

a handful: a fistful of pennies.

Origin of fistful

First recorded in 1605–15; fist1 + -ful

Usage note

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

Examples from the Web for fistful

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.


    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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper