[hous-foo l]

noun, plural house·fuls.

as many as a house will accommodate: a houseful of weekend guests.
as much as a house will hold: He had several housefuls of furniture.

Origin of houseful

1250–1300; Middle English. See house, -ful

Usage note

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

British Dictionary definitions for houseful



the full amount or number that can be accommodated in a particular house
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Word Origin and History for houseful

c.1300, from house (n.) + -ful.

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