1. a small number or amount

- only a handful of responses were received

Similar word(s): smattering

Definition categories: quantity

2. the quantity that can be held in the hand

Similar word(s): fistful

Definition categories: quantity, containerful

Sentences with handful as a noun:

- Knap the tongs together about a handful from the bottom. - Francis Bacon

- This handful of men were tied to very hard duty. - Fuller

- Those twins are a real handful to look after.