Meaning of “handful” in the English Dictionary

"handful" in English

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uk /ˈhænd.fʊl/ us /ˈhænd.fʊl/

handful noun (A FEW)

B2 [ S ] a small number 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)

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us /ˈhænd·fʊl/

handful noun (VERY FEW)

[ C usually sing ] a very few, esp. when compared to a larger group:

A handful of professional athletes 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)