[lap-foo l]

noun, plural lap·fuls.

as much as the lap can hold.

Origin of lapful

First recorded in 1605–15; lap1 + -ful

Usage note

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

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Word Origin and History for lapful

1610s, from lap (n.) + -ful.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper