American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The amount or number that a house can hold or accommodate: a houseful of Victorian furniture; a houseful of guests.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A full complement for a house; as much or as many as a house will hold or accommodate, or as it requires: as, a houseful of goods, of furniture, or of people.
- n. as many as a house will hold
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. as many as a house will accommodate.
- n. as many as a house will accommodate
- house + -ful (Wiktionary)
“Around 20 theatres in Bangalore where the film was being shown had 'houseful' boards put up.”
“But it picked up after a few days, and after a month the cafe was back to its usual 'houseful' self for most of the 19 hours it remains open (it closes only between 1. 30-6.30 am).”
“It was declared a hit because all shows were 'houseful', "says Kumar.”
“We moved a houseful of furniture to our home in Michoaan and what was manufactured in the US cost more than those items made in China.”
“Amidst a houseful of mourners grieving their beloved, my mother managed to phone me and whisper that this woman, who was forty-one, recently had twins.”
“Just for the record, I am a bleeding-heart-liberal-Massachusetts-Democrat, raised with a houseful of lesbians and arrested at age eight for protesting the Vietnam War with my dad.”
“I've done it both ways — with a houseful of children and with one, she says.”
“Watching Snow White -- practically a child -- in the 1937 movie tirelessly cook and clean always with a song and smile for a houseful of men is enough to make the most conservative among us uncomfortable.”
“There's a final resolution to all of this: When we die, our kids will have a houseful of stuff -- not just their stuff but our stuff.”
“And did Dave really strike anyone as the sort of kamikaze widower to leave a houseful of sleeping kids and go tonning up the motorway on his motorbike with speed cops on his tail?”
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