A handful is just a little of something, or the amount you can hold in your hand. It can be a literal handful, like a handful of popcorn, or it can mean just a few, like a handful of trucks.

You might find yourself eating handfuls of raspberries when you're supposed to be picking them to make jam. Another meaning of handful is "just a few," as in "There are only a handful of dogs at the dog park this morning." And a third way to use this word is to mean "incredibly difficult to handle." If your mom says, "You were a handful when you were a toddler," she means you were not easy.

Definitions of handful

n the quantity that can be held in the hand

Type of:
the quantity that a container will hold

n a small number or amount

“only a handful of responses were received”
Type of:
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude

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