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[kuhp-foo l] /ˈkʌp fʊl/
noun, plural cupfuls.
the amount a cup can hold.
Cookery. a volumetric measure equal to 8 fluid ounces (237 milliliters); half pint.
Origin of cupful
1350-1400; Middle English cuppefulle. See cup, -ful
Usage note
1. See -ful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for cupful
  • But if you cook with cheese by the cupful, this can make a difference.
  • Remove oysters with skimmer and add enough cream to liquor to make a cupful.
  • Remove clams from shells and reduce liquor to one-third cupful.
  • Reduce stock in which a fowl has been cooked to one-half cupful.
  • Only a little cupful of winter has touched your lips.
  • Pour over liquor, which should be reduced to one cupful.
  • It looked good, never seemed to go wrong and went for ever on a cupful of petrol.
  • Soon the pot was making its way around the room, mourners slurping it down by the cupful.
  • But eating a baked potato is tantamount to eating a cupful of sugar.
  • Scald a pint of milk with a half cupful of dry coffee.
Word Origin and History for cupful

mid-12c., from cup (n.) + -ful.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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