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


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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