[pok-it-foo l]

noun, plural pock·et·fuls.

the amount that a pocket will hold.

Origin of pocketful

First recorded in 1605–15; pocket + -ful

Usage note

See -ful.
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noun plural -fuls

as much as a pocket will hold
informal a large amountit cost him a pocketful of money
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Word Origin and History for pocketful

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

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