Definitions

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  • n. As much as somebody's lap can hold.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. As much as the lap can contain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. As much as the lap can contain.

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

  • n. the quantity that can be held in the lap

Etymologies

lap +‎ -ful (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I and my lapful of spilled breakfast blueberries curse you.

    Actual Fan Email, Actual Response.

  • Else your myopic Irish Goodbye may get you a lapful of Irish Coffee, at least from karma.

    Tom Miller: The Relative Merits of the Irish Goodbye

  • Seeing the unmistakable seal of the E. A. Peugeot Society, Joy jumped up, sending a lapful of pens scattering across the floor.

    Unearthly Asylum

  • She ended up with a lapful of garter snakes instead of worms—a classic example of how sometimes my wishes go wrong—and after that I realized I had to be extra, extra careful and keep my magic under wraps!

    The Multiplying Menace

  • I considered catching a lapful of glass, as a shiny blue pickup parked in the adjoining space.

    Burned

  • Patrick got a lapful of engine on a fall night like this.

    Words Scrawled On A Cell Wall

  • As soon as I sit down anywhere within a dozen yards of a cat, I wind up with a lapful of purring feline.

    I hate cats

  • Kyle shoved into the pool and Hugh with a lapful of salsa and a garden hose rinse -- full blast, concentrated stream -- and I walked away satisfied.

    The Crapometer Celebrates her Quinceanera

  • She walked into the living room, to find Jim barely visible behind a lapful of Mutt.

    A Taint in the Blood

  • The young lady turned round, with a scream; her muslin dress, which she was holding up in front, dropped from her hand, and a prodigious lapful of flowers rolled out on the gravel walk.

    Armadale

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