handful

[ hand-foo l ]
/ ˈhænd fʊl /

noun, plural hand·fuls.

the quantity or amount that the hand can hold: a handful of coins.
a small amount, number, or quantity: a handful of men.
Informal. a person or thing that is as much as one can manage or control: The baby's tantrums made him a handful.

Origin of handful

before 900; Middle English, Old English. See hand, -ful

usage note for handful

See -ful.
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handful
/ (ˈhændfʊl) /

noun plural -fuls

the amount or number that can be held in the hand
a small number or quantity
informal a person or thing difficult to manage or control
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