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[bag-foo l] /ˈbæg fʊl/
noun, plural bagfuls.
the contents of or amount held by a bag:
three bagfuls of groceries.
the quantity required to fill a bag.
a considerable amount:
He has a bagful of clever ideas.
Origin of bagful
1275-1325; Middle English; see bag, -ful
Usage note
See -ful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • “This bagful, your lordship,” replied Peronnik, showing the cloth-bag which he had stuffed with feathers and birdlime.

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  • He very likely carries a bagful of golf-sticks, or is pumping up his bicycle.

    Back Home Eugene Wood
  • He said Eliphalet Congdon had taken a bagful to pass on the unwary.

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  • Youll find a bagful of white-hearts in the locker of the boat.

    Twos and Threes G. B. Stern
  • Antonio bought a bagful of buns and seed-cakes, which they ate as they sat in the ox-cart on the edge of the crowd.

    Jose: Our Little Portuguese Cousin Edith A. (Edith Augusta) Sawyer
  • He took out a bagful and told me that I was to throw them to the children, and this I did with great gusto.

  • You didn't have a thing but the clothes on your back and a bagful of diamonds.

    The Huddlers William Campbell Gault
  • Another bagful was poured into the hopper and ground out; and then Addison and I brought along the third bagful.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • He returned from his first visit to New York "with an empty pocket and an empty stomach, but with a bagful of books."

Word Origin and History for bagful

c.1300, bagge-ful, from bag (n.) + -ful.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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