Definition of mouthful in English:



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

    ‘he took a mouthful of beer’
    • ‘Ideally, no matter how small a journalists' salary, he should not sell his integrity for a mouthful of rice.’
    • ‘She spooned out a mouthful of the fruit and cream extending her arm towards him.’
    • ‘He put the groceries away, drank a mouthful of whiskey, and fell into a dead sleep that would last nearly fifteen hours.’
    • ‘Then he took a mouthful of his drink and then put the glass in my face.’
    • ‘As I came to the end of it I burst into tears, without warning, in the middle of a mouthful of grilled cheese sandwich.’
    • ‘Korina swallowed a mouthful of food and looked over at Cat as she sat down on the couch next to Matthew.’
    • ‘Rocky smiled with a mouthful of food and gave a thumbs up, oblivious to his mother, who was frowning across the table.’
    • ‘The coffee he would accept, but though he tried, he could not swallow a mouthful of food.’
    • ‘During the second I was under I swallowed a mouthful of salt water and got plenty in my eyes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He sat back up and pointed to the sandwich as he took a mouthful of apple.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Anna dipped her spoon into the bowl and took a mouthful of soup.’
    • ‘A mouthful of peanuts with some salt and vinegar crisps, that works just fine.’
    • ‘I highly recommend against sneezing when you have a mouthful of chocolate.’
    • ‘Elissa plonked her books on a space beside her and took a mouthful of rice.’
    • ‘Pete shortly reappeared with a grin and a mouthful of freshly cooked sausage.’
    • ‘Mario introduces Lina to Italian food and soon she is filling up on mouthfuls of pasta and Parmesan.’
    • ‘Yes, in the moment of passion and with a mouthful of Chinese food you said you'd be my shield and sword.’
    • ‘Adam swallowed a mouthful of stew before responding and I bit my lip not to laugh.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Liitoja was definitely on the cranky side a few years ago when he came up with the title's fatalistic mouthful of words.’
    • ‘Her name is a bit of a mouthful too, so everyone calls her Jen, and she's thirteen.’
    • ‘St Nicholas Fields Conservation Group is a bit of a mouthful, and becomes the Friends of St Nicholas Fields.’
    • ‘Lengthy mouthfuls of Latin can be off-putting and difficult to remember for many.’
    • ‘I'm not going to even pretend to understand in any detail how this mouthful of an acronym really works.’
    • ‘It was just that no one was willing to replace a pithy phrase with either an ugly acronym or a yawn-inducing mouthful.’
    • ‘It's a nice, short word Tory, unlike Conservative, which is a bit of a mouthful.’
    • ‘The title is a bit of a mouthful but don't let that put you off.’
    • ‘Maybe it was just a mouthful to say, but that was definitely what she would be saying.’
    tongue-twister, long word, difficult word
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