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[lap-foo l]
noun, plural lap·fuls.
  1. as much as the lap can hold.
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Origin of lapful

First recorded in 1605–15; lap1 + -ful

Usage note

See -ful.
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Examples from the Web for lapful

Historical Examples

  • Blanche sprang forward, dropping, as she went, her lapful of gatherings.


    Janet Milne Rae

  • She went; and she shed a lapful of tears when she came home.

  • Lets see it, Betty, suggested Doris, who with a lapful of her own valentines was sitting near.

    Betty Lee, Senior

    Harriet Pyne Grove

  • Did he seem dejected, Catherine would steal out and spend a week's income on the lapful of toys which she brought home.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Zephyrus had a lapful of flowers,204 and was the one wind sent to play among children.

Word Origin and History for lapful


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

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