- The amount that a hand will grasp or contain.
- Something which can only be managed with difficulty.
"Those twins are a real handful to look after."
- A small quantity, usually approximately equal to five.
"This handful of men were tied to very hard duty. - Fuller"
- (obsolete) A hand's breadth; four inches.
"Knap the tongs together about a handful from the bottom. - Francis Bacon"