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From Old English handfull.

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Singular
Handful

Plural
Handfuls or handsful

Handful (plural Handfuls or handsful)
  1. As much as the hand will grasp or contain. - Joseph Addison
  2. (obsolete) A hand's breadth; four inches.
    Knap the tongs together about a handful from the bottom. - Francis Bacon
  3. A small quantity, usually approximately equal to five, the number of fingers on a hand.
    This handful of men were tied to very hard duty. - Fuller
  4. Something which can only be managed with difficulty.
    Those twins are a real handful to look after.

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  • To have one's handful: (Obsolete): to have one's hands full; to have all one can do.
    They had their handful to defend themselves from firing. - Sir Walter Raleigh

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