pocketful

[pok-it-foo l]

Origin of pocketful

First recorded in 1605–15; pocket + -ful

Usage note

See -ful.
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pocketful

noun plural -fuls
  1. as much as a pocket will hold
  2. informal a large amountit cost him a pocketful of money
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Word Origin and History for pocketful
n.

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

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