Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun As much as the lap can contain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun As much as the lap can contain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun the quantity that can be held in the lap

Etymologies

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lap +‎ -ful

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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  • 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

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