[skin-foo l]

noun, plural skin·fuls.

the amount that a skin container can hold.
Informal. a large or satisfying amount of food and drink.
Informal. an amount of liquor sufficient to make a person drunk.

Origin of skinful

First recorded in 1640–50; skin + -ful

Usage note

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

Examples from the Web for skinful

Historical Examples of skinful

  • We must cleave together, and you shall have a skinful of books and school and manners.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer

    Ralph D. Paine

  • He had better not go after her, or he'll get a skinful of broken bones.

    The Woman-Hater

    Charles Reade

  • But they are brave, these Irish—brave enough without a skinful of whiskey.

    The Moonlit Way

    Robert W. Chambers

  • So it was four o'clock and all well—but me; I felt like a skinful of dry bones and all of them trying to ache at once.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • As a last chance, an Apache took a skinful of water, and poured the contents on the bare and bleeding skull of the Spaniard.

British Dictionary definitions for skinful


noun plural -fuls

slang sufficient alcoholic drink to make one drunk (esp in the phrase have a skinful)
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