[hous-foo l]
noun, plural house·fuls.
  1. as many as a house will accommodate: a houseful of weekend guests.
  2. 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. 2018

Examples from the Web for houseful

Contemporary Examples of houseful

  • Raising a houseful of kids mostly on her own was enough of a challenge, without throwing ooh-la-la gourmet cooking into the mix.

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    Michel Richard

    November 18, 2010

Historical Examples of houseful

  • In all the Confederacy no houseful went to sleep that night in sweeter content.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • But how to do this I could not see, having a houseful of people who were nominally my guests.

  • But each of these is a bid to some friend with a houseful of people to come and bring all her guests.


    Louis Joseph Vance

  • On his arrival there the Marquis found a houseful of people.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope

  • You don't think it's a girl's job, do you, to move a houseful of furniture?

British Dictionary definitions for houseful


  1. 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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