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houseful

[hous-foo l] /ˈhaʊs fʊl/
noun, plural housefuls.
1.
as many as a house will accommodate:
a houseful of weekend guests.
2.
as much as a house will hold:
He had several housefuls of furniture.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English. See house, -ful
Usage note
See -ful.
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British Dictionary definitions for houseful

houseful

/ˈhaʊsfʊl/
noun
1.
the full amount or number that can be accommodated in a particular house
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Word Origin and History for houseful

c.1300, from house (n.) + -ful.

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