9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[fist-foo l] /ˈfɪst fʊl/
noun, plural fistfuls.
a handful:
a fistful of pennies.
Origin of fistful
1605-15; fist1 + -ful
Usage note
See -ful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for fistful
  • My father reached into his pockets, digging out a fistful of change.
  • As a rough test for this moisture level, it should be possible to squeeze a few drops of water from a fistful of leaves.
  • Four years ago, she had a fistful of hair in her hands, but the gold medal was out of reach.
  • Brewer could be looking at a fistful of consecutive starts.
Word Origin and History for fistful

1610s, from fist (n.) + -ful.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for fistful


  1. A handful, usually a large amount: I've got a fistful of overdue bills (1611+)
  2. A large amount of money: The digital stereo set me back a fistful (1950s+)
  3. A five-year prison sentence (1940s+ Underworld)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for fistful

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for fistful

Scrabble Words With Friends