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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
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English. See mouth, -ful
Usage note
See -ful.
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Examples for mouthful
  • As its mouthful of a hyphenated name suggests, though, this town wasn't always so tight-knit.
  • It's a mouthful, figuratively, and yet still that is remarkably simplified from the actual processes that take place.
  • The frog enjoyed what he ate, but almost every mouthful she took choked her.
  • Or perhaps you're still recovering from a traumatic encounter with a mouthful of gristle.
  • Any attempt to get one good last breath will likely result in a mouthful of snow.
  • You're probably quite keen for an actual mouthful now.
  • Despite this size discrepancy, the hatchling would still have been a substantial mouthful.
  • They make for an unpleasant and possibly lethal mouthful.
  • Blue whales can eat half a million calories in a single mouthful.
  • When your opponent fights with a mouthful of razor-sharp daggers, it pays to give them something to aim for that isn't your head.
British Dictionary definitions for mouthful

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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