Definition of lungful in US English:


nounPlural lungfuls

  • See lung

    • ‘There is no struggle: no flailing limbs or desperate twists of torso for a last lungful of oxygen.’
    • ‘The girl inhaled a lungful of the sweet scent given off by the blossoms in the cherry tree hanging above her.’
    • ‘He lit the cigarette and took in a deep lungful of smoke, letting it trickle from his nostrils.’
    • ‘We've all copped a lungful of black exhaust belching out of a diesel truck.’
    • ‘He picked the short smoke back up, held it gingerly between his forefinger and thumb and sucked the last lungful, casually, as if an admission to murder were of no significance.’