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mouthful

[mouth-foo l] /ˈmaʊθˌfʊl/
noun, plural mouthfuls.
1.
the amount a mouth can hold.
2.
the amount taken into the mouth at one time.
3.
a small quantity.
4.
Informal. a spoken remark of great truth, relevance, effectiveness, etc.:
You said a mouthful!
5.
a long word or group of words, especially one that is hard to pronounce.
Origin of mouthful
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English. See mouth, -ful
Usage note
See -ful.
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mouthful

/ˈmaʊθˌfʊl/
noun (pl) -fuls
1.
as much as is held in the mouth at one time
2.
a small quantity, as of food
3.
a long word or phrase that is difficult to say
4.
(Brit, informal) an abusive response
5.
(informal, mainly US & Canadian) an impressive remark (esp in the phrase say a mouthful)
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Word Origin and History for mouthful
n.

1520s, "as much as a mouth can hold," from mouth (n.) + -ful. Meaning "a lot to say" is from 1748.

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