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Meaning of “handful” in the English Dictionary

"handful" in British English

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handfulnoun

uk   us   /ˈhænd.fʊl/
  • handful noun (AMOUNT)

[C] an ​amount of something that can be ​held in one ​hand: He ​pulled out a handful of ​coins from his ​pocket.

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  • handful noun (A FEW)

B2 [S] a ​smallnumber of ​people or things: She ​invited all her ​friends to her ​party, but only a handful of them ​turned up.

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(Definition of handful from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"handful" in American English

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handfulnoun

 us   /ˈhænd·fʊl/
  • handful noun (VERY FEW)

[C usually sing] a very few, esp. when ​compared to a ​largergroup: A handful of ​professionalathletes make millions, but most do not do so well.
  • handful noun (SMALL AMOUNT)

[C] an ​amount of something that can be ​held in one ​hand: He ​scooped up a handful of ​soil and ​examined it ​carefully.
  • handful noun (PROBLEM)

[C usually sing] infml a ​person or thing that is ​difficult to ​control or ​manage: Sam was an easygoing ​baby, but Rory is a ​real handful.
(Definition of handful from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “handful”
in Arabic حِفْنة, قُبْضة…
in Korean 한 줌…
in Portuguese punhado…
in Catalan grapat…
in Japanese 一握りの量…
in Chinese (Simplified) 数量, 一把(之量)…
in Turkish el/avuç dolusu…
in Russian горсть…
in Chinese (Traditional) 數量, 一把(之量)…
in Italian manciata…
in Polish garść…
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