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[skin-foo l] /ˈskɪn fʊl/
noun, plural skinfuls.
the amount that a skin container can hold.
Informal. a large or satisfying amount of food and drink.
Informal. an amount of liquor sufficient to make a person drunk.
Origin of skinful
1640-50; skin + -ful
Usage note
See -ful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for skinful
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  • The Old French form means "skinful" (cf. poignée, fistful), the hounds' reward being spread on the skin of the slain animal.

  • We must cleave together, and you shall have a skinful of books and school and manners.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
  • But they are brave, these Irish—brave enough without a skinful of whiskey.

    The Moonlit Way Robert W. Chambers
  • He had better not go after her, or he'll get a skinful of broken bones.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
  • These were three of the honest fellows who had swam naked from the ship at the island of Madeira to get a skinful of liquor.

  • So it was four o'clock and all well—but me; I felt like a skinful of dry bones and all of them trying to ache at once.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • He is a Spanish soldier on an Italian theatre, a bladder full of wind, a skinful of words, a fool's wonder and a wise man's fool.

  • As a last chance, an Apache took a skinful of water, and poured the contents on the bare and bleeding skull of the Spaniard.

  • At length the time arrived, and, fortified with a good dinner and a skinful of "Mumm Cabinet," we proceeded to the witch's den.

  • Pellett had had his skinful, and the fitness of things decreed that he should soak the clock around.

British Dictionary definitions for skinful


noun (pl) -fuls
(slang) sufficient alcoholic drink to make one drunk (esp in the phrase have a skinful)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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