handful etymology

English word handful comes from Proto-Germanic *handuz (Hand.), Proto-Germanic *fullaz ((strong only) the whole, the entire. Full (not empty).)

Detailed word origin of handful

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*handuz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Hand.
*fullaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) (strong only) the whole, the entire. Full (not empty).
*handfulljô Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
handful Old English (ang)
handful English (eng) (obsolete) A hand's breadth; four inches.. A group or number of things; a bunch.. A small number, usually approximately five.. Something which can only be managed with difficulty.. The amount that a hand will grasp or contain.

Words with the same origin as handful

Descendants of *handuz
beforehand firsthand hand handbag handgun handle handling handsome handwriting handy handyman lefty righty
Descendants of *fullaz
awful beautiful careful carefully delightful fill filling follow following fulfill fulfilled full fully grateful helpful painful peaceful plain plenty successful thankful thoughtful useful wonderful