Part of speech: noun

A small quantity.

Part of speech: noun

As much as a hand can hold.

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Usage examples "handful":

  1. The question was to be settled for Cromwell in his usual way, with a handful of hussars. - "John Knox and the Reformation", Andrew Lang.
  2. Ah, I had a handful soon! - "Daisy", Elizabeth Wetherell.
  3. The half- breed moved to the bar, and, throwing down a handful of silver, said: It is good we drink after so much heat. - "Pierre And His People, [Tales of the Far North], Volume 4.", Gilbert Parker.