Definitions

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  • n. as much as an apron will hold

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quantity an apron can hold.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. As much as can be held in an apron: as, β€œan apronful of flowers,”

Etymologies

apron +β€Ž -ful (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • So it is that this old mother tree with an apronful of children is forever growing down to the lawns and propagating young, so that when she eventually dies they will already have grown up and become a spinney.

    Wildwood

  • Fitzpiers went up-stairs again, and the little drawing-room, now lighted by a solitary candle, was not rendered more cheerful by the entrance of Grammer Oliver with an apronful of wood, which she threw on the hearth while she raked out the grate and rattled about the fire-irons, with a view to making things comfortable.

    The Woodlanders

  • But Two-eyes climbed up, and the golden apples did get out of her way, but came into her hand of their own accord, so that she could pluck them one after the other, and brought a whole apronful down with her.

    Household Tales

  • Willow picked an apronful of small red berries for them.

    The Burning City

  • She went out foraging instead and came back with an apronful of early grasses.

    In Celebration Of Lammas Night

  • She straightened with an apronful of apples which she dumped onto the table.

    Surrender A Dream

  • The woman hurried up again with another apronful of rocks, dumped them, then went at her darting, stooping run along the bluff edge searching for more.

    The Dollmaker

  • Marty had already placed her hat on the end of the log and was busily engaged in separating a large bunch of flowers from the rest, and Evaline, approaching the young ladies, held out her apronful towards them.

    A Missionary Twig

  • "I want to make a map like Hope's class had to," answered Peace, pouring an apronful of scraps into a bucket of scalding water.

    At the Little Brown House

  • She dropped her apronful of sticks, and flew up to the big beam across the ceiling.

    Stories to Tell Children Fifty-Four Stories With Some Suggestions For Telling

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