adjective, full·er, full·est.
- (of the count on a batter) amounting to three balls and two strikes: He hit a slider for a homer on a full count.
- having base runners at first, second, and third bases; loaded.
verb (used with object)
- to make full, as by gathering or pleating.
- to bring (the cloth) on one side of a seam to a little greater fullness than on the other by gathering or tucking very slightly.
verb (used without object)
- to or for the full or required amount.
- without abridgment: The book was reprinted in full.
Origin of full1
Related Words for in fullexhaustively, fully, extensively, exclusively, competently, effectively, thoroughly, comprehensively, unconditionally, ultimately, perfectly, absolutely, altogether, wholly, finally, utterly, quite, totally, conclusively, unabridged
- powerful or rich in volume and sound
- completing a piece or section; concludinga full close
- completely; entirely
- (in combination)full-grown; full-fledged
Word Origin for full
Word Origin for full
Old English full "completely, full, perfect, entire, utter," from Proto-Germanic *fullaz (cf. Old Saxon full, Old Frisian ful, Old Norse fullr, Old High German fol, German voll, Gothic fulls), from PIE *pele- (1) "to fill" (see poly-).
Adverbial sense was common in Middle English (full well, full many, etc.). Related: Fuller; fullest. Full moon was Old English fulles monan; first record of full-blood in relation to racial purity is from 1812. Full house is 1710 in the theatrical sense, 1887 in the poker sense.
"to tread or beat cloth to cleanse or thicken it," late 14c., from Old French fouler, from Latin fullo (see foil (v.)); Old English had the agent-noun fullere, probably directly from Latin fullo.
Completely, as in His talk covered the subject in full, or The debt was repaid in full. [Mid-1500s]
In addition to the idioms beginning with full
- full blast
- full circle, come
- full of beans
- full of crap
- full of hot air
- full of it
- full of oneself
- full speed ahead
- full swing
- full tilt, at
- full well
- glass is half full
- have one's hands full
- in full swing
- to the full
Also see underfill.