Definition of mouthful in English:

mouthful

noun

  • 1A quantity of food or drink that fills or can be put in the mouth:

    ‘he took a mouthful of beer’
    • ‘Rocky smiled with a mouthful of food and gave a thumbs up, oblivious to his mother, who was frowning across the table.’
    • ‘Elissa plonked her books on a space beside her and took a mouthful of rice.’
    • ‘It's not going to be funny when someone who can't have nut products gets a mouthful of the wrong food and goes into shock.’
    • ‘A mouthful of peanuts with some salt and vinegar crisps, that works just fine.’
    • ‘Ideally, no matter how small a journalists' salary, he should not sell his integrity for a mouthful of rice.’
    • ‘Korina swallowed a mouthful of food and looked over at Cat as she sat down on the couch next to Matthew.’
    • ‘He sat back up and pointed to the sandwich as he took a mouthful of apple.’
    • ‘Anna dipped her spoon into the bowl and took a mouthful of soup.’
    • ‘There was a twinge of regret inside of her, but she quickly chewed on a mouthful of salad to take her mind off of things.’
    • ‘As I came to the end of it I burst into tears, without warning, in the middle of a mouthful of grilled cheese sandwich.’
    • ‘Then he took a mouthful of his drink and then put the glass in my face.’
    • ‘I highly recommend against sneezing when you have a mouthful of chocolate.’
    • ‘She spooned out a mouthful of the fruit and cream extending her arm towards him.’
    • ‘During the second I was under I swallowed a mouthful of salt water and got plenty in my eyes.’
    • ‘The coffee he would accept, but though he tried, he could not swallow a mouthful of food.’
    • ‘Mario introduces Lina to Italian food and soon she is filling up on mouthfuls of pasta and Parmesan.’
    • ‘Adam swallowed a mouthful of stew before responding and I bit my lip not to laugh.’
    • ‘Yes, in the moment of passion and with a mouthful of Chinese food you said you'd be my shield and sword.’
    • ‘Pete shortly reappeared with a grin and a mouthful of freshly cooked sausage.’
    • ‘He put the groceries away, drank a mouthful of whiskey, and fell into a dead sleep that would last nearly fifteen hours.’
    bite, nibble, taste, bit, piece
    draught, sip, swallow, sup, drop, pull, gulp
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  • 2A long or complicated word or phrase that is difficult to say:

    ‘poliomyelitis is a bit of a mouthful’
    • ‘Liitoja was definitely on the cranky side a few years ago when he came up with the title's fatalistic mouthful of words.’
    • ‘I'm not going to even pretend to understand in any detail how this mouthful of an acronym really works.’
    • ‘St Nicholas Fields Conservation Group is a bit of a mouthful, and becomes the Friends of St Nicholas Fields.’
    • ‘It was just that no one was willing to replace a pithy phrase with either an ugly acronym or a yawn-inducing mouthful.’
    • ‘Maybe it was just a mouthful to say, but that was definitely what she would be saying.’
    • ‘It's a nice, short word Tory, unlike Conservative, which is a bit of a mouthful.’
    • ‘In so doing, these writers further increase the girth of their text, pump up the load on their servers, and ensure that the race against mouthfuls of extraneous words will continue until they run out of time.’
    • ‘The title is a bit of a mouthful but don't let that put you off.’
    • ‘Her name is a bit of a mouthful too, so everyone calls her Jen, and she's thirteen.’
    • ‘Lengthy mouthfuls of Latin can be off-putting and difficult to remember for many.’
    tongue-twister, long word, difficult word
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Pronunciation:

mouthful

/ˈmaʊθfʊl/