houseful

[ hous-fool ]
/ ˈhaʊs fʊl /

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.

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Origin of houseful

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

usage note for houseful

See -ful.
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British Dictionary definitions for houseful

houseful
/ (ˈhaʊsfʊl) /

noun

the full amount or number that can be accommodated in a particular house
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