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[pok-it-foo l]
noun, plural pock·et·fuls.
  1. the amount that a pocket will hold.
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Origin of pocketful

First recorded in 1605–15; pocket + -ful

Usage note

See -ful.
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Examples from the Web for pocketful

Historical Examples

  • A pocketful of corn, peas, or other large grain is now needed for scent.

    Boy Scouts Handbook

    Boy Scouts of America

  • He seems to have quite a pocketful of money, but nobody knows what his trade is.

  • I always had a pocketful of money for I got two and six a day.

  • I had till then forgotten my pistol and pocketful of cartridges.

    Old Man Savarin and Other Stories

    Edward William Thomson

  • Halse had a pocketful of doughnuts (which he always called duffnuts).

    When Life Was Young

    C. A. Stephens

British Dictionary definitions for 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


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

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