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[pan-foo l]
noun, plural pan·fuls.
  1. the amount a pan can hold.
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Origin of panful

First recorded in 1870–75; pan1 + -ful

Usage note

See -ful.
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Examples from the Web for panful

Historical Examples

  • We washed out a panful, an' found that the bottom was fairly covered in gold.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson

  • Just as I got there with my panful of stuff, up jumped—what do you think?

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp

    Edward Stratemeyer

  • Mrs. Peters came in from the store-room with a panful of potatoes.

    The Delafield Affair

    Florence Finch Kelly

  • Terry delayed not in washing his panful while he had the permission.

    The Pike's Peak Rush

    Edwin L. Sabin

  • He washed panful after panful, slowly, carefully, collectedly.

    Overland Red

    Henry Herbert Knibbs