mouthful

[ mouth-foo l ]
/ ˈmaʊθˌfʊl /

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.

Nearby words

  1. mouth-watering,
  2. mouthbreeder,
  3. mouthbrooder,
  4. mouthed,
  5. mouthfeel,
  6. mouthing,
  7. mouthpart,
  8. mouthpiece,
  9. mouthwash,
  10. mouthwatering

Origin of mouthful

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

Usage note

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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Word Origin and History for mouthful

mouthful

n.

1520s, "as much as a mouth can hold," from mouth (n.) + -ful. Meaning "a lot to say" is from 1748.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with mouthful

mouthful

see say a mouthful.

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