[shelf-foo l]
noun, plural shelf·fuls.
  1. an amount adequate to fill a shelf: They buy canned goods by the shelfful.
  2. 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

See -ful. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for shelfful

Historical Examples of shelfful

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

    Bar-20 Days

    Clarence E. Mulford