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mouthful

[ mouth-fool ]
/ ˈmaʊθˌfʊl /
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noun, plural mouth·fuls.
the amount a mouth can hold.
the amount taken into the mouth at one time.
a small quantity.
Informal. a spoken remark of great truth, relevance, effectiveness, etc.: You said a mouthful!
a long word or group of words, especially one that is hard to pronounce.
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Origin of mouthful

1375–1425; late Middle English. See mouth, -ful

usage note for mouthful

See -ful.
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British Dictionary definitions for mouthful

mouthful
/ (ˈmaʊθˌfʊl) /

noun plural -fuls
as much as is held in the mouth at one time
a small quantity, as of food
a long word or phrase that is difficult to say
British informal an abusive response
informal, mainly US and Canadian an impressive remark (esp in the phrase say a mouthful)
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Other Idioms and Phrases with mouthful

mouthful

see say a mouthful.

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