[ shelf-foo l ]
/ ˈʃɛlf fʊl /

noun, plural shelf·fuls.

an amount adequate to fill a shelf: They buy canned goods by the shelfful.
the amount contained on a shelf: We gave away a shelfful of books.

Origin of shelfful

First recorded in 1875–80; shelf + -ful

usage note for shelfful

See -ful. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shelfful

  • "Don't stop fer that; there's a shelfful of all kinds behind the counter," Barr interposed.

    Bar-20 Days|Clarence E. Mulford