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[ pleyt-fool ]


, plural plate·fuls.
  1. the amount that a plate will hold.
  2. a large portion or quantity:

    a plateful of contracts to negotiate.

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Spelling Note

See -ful.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of plateful1

First recorded in 1760–70; plate 1 + -ful

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Example Sentences

But as we laid waste to the plateful, we loved them more and more.

He will eat a plateful of gazpacho or puchero, a sardine, half a roll of bread, and drink clear water as often as wine.

I've got some rattling good snuff, and I'll give you a pinch for a plateful, as I did up in Staffordshire.

So she disappeared into the Stabur and brought out a plateful of multebaer, which she handed him with a friendly nod.

Selingman plunged into a fresh tirade, pointing to the half-demolished plateful of cakes.

I obtained a large plateful of the weed and emptied the sugar basin and cream jug over it.


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