Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The amount that a cup can hold.
  • n. A measure of capacity equal to one cup.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The amount necessary to make a cup full
  • n. A half pint, i.e. eight ounces

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. As much as a cup will hold.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quantity that a cup holds; the contents of a cup.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quantity a cup will hold

Etymologies

cup +‎ -ful (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Throughout Italy, and at Rome, a decoction of fresh Lemons is extolled as a specific against intermittent fever; for which purpose a fresh unpeeled Lemon is cut into thin slices, and put into an earthenware jar with three breakfastcupfuls of cold water, and boiled down to one cupful, which is strained, the lemon being squeezed, and the decoction being given shortly before the access of fever is expected.

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • Soak a cupful of tapioca in a quart of cold water after washing it thoroughly two or three times; after soaking three or four hours, simmer it in a stewpan until it becomes quite clear, stirring often; add the juice of a lemon, and a little of the grated peel, also a pinch of salt.

    The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) The Whole Comprising a Comprehensive Cyclopedia of Information for the Home

  • Soak a cupful of bread-crumbs in milk, squeeze dry, add two tablespoonfuls of butter, the yolk of an egg, and pepper, salt, thyme, and lemon-juice to season.

    How to Cook Fish

  • Soak a cupful of tapioca over night in a quart of cold water.

    Miss Parloa's New Cook Book

  • He offered to swap flour, however, at the rate of a cupful for each egg, but Ras - munsen shook his head and hit the trail.

    THE ONE THOUSAND DOZEN

  • He was usually able to scrounge up enough from the empty boxes in the trash or put the bite on an unsuspecting transient, “borrowing” a cupful or two from someone who he didn't already “owe” from before.

    25 Cents at a Time

  • Individual serving sizes make figuring out portions easy—or just spoon yourself a cupful.

    The Flex Diet

  • Beat six eggs very light, powdered nutmeg and cinnamon, and a half cupful of sugar.

    Eliza’s Freedom Road

  • If anything — despite the fact that I was holding a cupful of beer and garbed in my (recentlywashed!)

    Ennui

  • Some cooks in Bologna add a cupful of cream or milk to the sauce, which makes it smoother.

    Jesse Kornbluth: Elizabeth David: Great Recipes From the Writer Who Liberated Cooks

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