mouthful
noun Date: 15th century 1. a. as much as a mouth will hold b. the quantity usually taken into the mouth at one time 2. a small quantity 3. a. a very long word or phrase b. a comment or a statement rich in meaning or substance

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  • mouthful — ► NOUN 1) a quantity of food or drink that fills or can be put in the mouth. 2) a long or complicated word or phrase. ● give someone a mouthful Cf. ↑give someone a mouthful …   English terms dictionary

  • Mouthful — Mouth ful, n.; pl. {Mouthfuls}. 1. As much as is usually put into the mouth at one time. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, a small quantity. [1913 Webster] 3. A statement that has a profound truth in it; as, you said a mouthful! [informal] [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mouthful — [mouth′fool΄] n. pl. mouthfuls 1. as much as the mouth can hold 2. as much as is usually taken into the mouth at one time 3. a small amount, esp. of food 4. Informal a long word or group of words hard to say 5. Slang a pertinent, important, or… …   English World dictionary

  • mouthful — (n.) 1520s, as much as a mouth can hold, from MOUTH (Cf. mouth) (n.) + FUL (Cf. ful). Meaning a lot to say is from 1748 …   Etymology dictionary

  • mouthful — has the plural form mouthfuls. See ful …   Modern English usage

  • mouthful — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ huge, large ▪ first, last VERB + MOUTHFUL ▪ drink, eat, gulp, gulp …   Collocations dictionary

  • mouthful — mouth|ful [ˈmauθful] n 1.) an amount of food or drink that you put into your mouth at one time ▪ Michael told his story between mouthfuls. mouthful of ▪ Betty drank a mouthful of beer. ▪ He took a mouthful of his pudding. 2.) (a bit of) a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mouthful — [[t]ma͟ʊθfʊl[/t]] mouthfuls 1) N COUNT: oft N of n A mouthful of drink or food is the amount that you put or have in your mouth. She gulped down a mouthful of coffee... Chew each mouthful fully before the next bite. 2) N SING: a N If you describe …   English dictionary

  • mouthful — noun (C) 1 an amount of food or drink that you put into your mouth at one time: That was a great steak! I enjoyed every mouthful. 2 a mouthful informal a long word or phrase that is difficult to say: Her real name is a bit of a mouthful, so we… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • mouthful */ — UK [ˈmaʊθfʊl] / US noun [countable] Word forms mouthful : singular mouthful plural mouthfuls 1) an amount of food or drink that you put in your mouth at one time 2) informal a word or phrase that is very long or hard to pronounce His full name is …   English dictionary

  • mouthful — mouth|ful [ mauθful ] noun count * 1. ) an amount of food or drink that you put in your mouth at one time: The food was delicious, and I enjoyed every mouthful. 2. ) INFORMAL a word or phrase that is very long or hard to pronounce: His full name… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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