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English definition of “-ful”

-ful

suffix uk   /-fəl/ /-fʊl/ us  

-ful suffix (HAVING)

having the stated quality to a high degree, or causing it: colourful powerful painful truthful beautiful

-ful suffix (AMOUNT)

the amount of something needed to fill the stated container or place: a spoonful of sugar a mouthful of tea a houseful of people
(Definition of -ful from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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