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[ahrm-foo l] /ˈɑrmˌfʊl/
noun, plural armfuls.
as much as a person can hold or carry in an arm or both arms.
Informal. a girl or woman with a well-rounded figure.
Informal. an obstreperous child; handful.
Origin of armful
1570-80; arm1 + -ful
Usage note
1. See -ful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Nor did he move when Nest brought the armful of dry clothes.

    The Doom of the Griffiths Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Wentworth reentered, followed by the Earl's valet carrying an armful of garments.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • He came out with his armful of coats and trousers, and threw them on the bed.

    April Hopes William Dean Howells
  • It had been Luke who received the armful of flowers sent anonymously.

    The Gorgeous Girl Nalbro Bartley
  • I saw near me a live coal dislodged from the fire when Thrackles had thrown on the armful of wood.

    The Mystery Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • She had forgotten to bring in an armful from the pile over by the sugar-boiler.

    The House in the Water Charles G. D. Roberts
  • Lucile had been sent by “Rennie,” the head sales-lady of juveniles, to this dark section for an armful of books.

    The Crimson Thread Roy J. Snell
  • "But I want so to give him these things," and Elsie clasps tightly her armful of treasures.

    Golden Moments Anonymous
  • A tall girl burst into the room, dropping an armful of books, and sprang to Miss Reid.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • You wait until I get an armful of rocks and I'll beat some of their heads off!

British Dictionary definitions for armful


noun (pl) -fuls
the amount that can be held by one or both arms
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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