The amount that a hand will grasp or contain.
“I put two or three corns in my mouth, liked it, stole a handful, went into my chamber, chewed it, and for two months after never failed taking toll of every pennyworth of oatmeal that came into the house. – Joseph Addison, The Spectator, Vol. VI”
A hand’s breadth; four inches.
A small number, usually approximately five.
A group or number of things; a bunch.
Something which can only be managed with difficulty.
“Those twins are a real handful to look after.”
archaic form of handful