[thim-buh l-foo l]

noun, plural thim·ble·fuls.

the amount that a thimble will hold.
a small quantity, especially of liquid.

Origin of thimbleful

First recorded in 1600–10; thimble + -ful

Usage note

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

Examples from the Web for thimbleful

Contemporary Examples of thimbleful

Historical Examples of thimbleful

  • Then, she asked for a thimbleful of brandy, drank it, and slowly wiped her lips.


    Emile Zola

  • You have looked over this thimbleful of a house, and I hope it has pleased you.

    A Young Mutineer

    Mrs. L. T. Meade

  • She was about to take a thimbleful of rum as a solace for having her rest disturbed.

  • A thimbleful to moisten our tongues would have been worth its bulk in gold.

    Salt Water

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • Tim suggested that a thimbleful of rum would be mighty pleasant.

    The Three Admirals

    W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for thimbleful



a very small amount, esp of a liquid
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