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[bas-kit-foo l, bah-skit-] /ˈbæs kɪtˌfʊl, ˈbɑ skɪt-/
noun, plural basketfuls.
a sufficient quantity to fill a basket; the amount contained in a basket.
any considerable quantity:
a basketful of surprises.
Origin of basketful
1565-75; basket + -ful
Usage note
See -ful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And every spring I gether a basketful o' these pink roses and lay 'em on her grave over yonder in the old buryin'-ground.

    Aunt Jane of Kentucky Eliza Calvert Hall
  • Bring in a basketful o' them Rome Beauties for Mr. Bennett to take home with him.

  • Mme. Lantois' walnut-tree provided us at little cost with a basketful of green shining leaves.

    Six Women and the Invasion Gabrielle Yerta
  • Many a basketful has been brought to me to be identified with the hope of their edibility.

  • Had anyone preserved them they would have been to-day a basketful of flowers adorning our Bengali literature.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • "Now for Rackle Roy and a basketful of glashins and lithe," said Maurice.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • He was accustomed to say that a grain of pepper (acuteness) was better than a basketful of melons.

  • He bought a basketful and offered it to Kanai and myself, who were near-by.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • I will bring you a basketful of apples, chocolates, and a peach or two.

    Girls of the Forest L. T. Meade
  • From underground there comes, by the basketful and sackful, a sort of round root.

    Insect Adventures J. Henri Fabre

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