[stik-foo l]

noun, plural stick·fuls. Printing.

as much set type as a composing stick will hold, usually about two column inches.

Origin of stickful

First recorded in 1675–85; stick1 + -ful

Usage note

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

Examples from the Web for stickful

Historical Examples of stickful

  • When he had set a dozen lines—more or less—he had a “stickful.”

  • Stickful after stickful was arranged, until a page of type lay there.

  • The reporter presents himself at the city desk, tells what he has got, and is told by the city editor, “Write a stickful.”

  • With the opening installment of the first serial the Free Press published a photograph of the author over a stickful of biography.

    The Fiction Factory

    John Milton Edwards

  • Nort walked over to the stone, took up a stickful of type, and began to distribute it in the cases.


    David Grayson