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Etymology 1Edit

sack (bag) +‎ -ful

NounEdit

sackful (plural sackfuls or sacksful)

  1. The amount a sack will contain.
    A sackful of sand won't help the soil here much, but a dump truck full would.
    • c. 1623, Owen Felltham, Resolves, Divine, Morall, Politicall, London: Henry Seile, Essay 48, p. 155,[1]
      If I be not so rich, as to sowe almes by sackfulls, euen my Mite, is beyond the superfluity of wealth: and my pen, my tongue, and my life, shal (I hope) helpe some to better treasure, then the earth affoords them.
    • 1938, George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia, London: Secker & Warburg, Chapter 6, p. 77,[2]
      Potatoes were getting very scarce. If you got a sackful you could take them down to the cook-house and swap them for a water-bottleful of coffee.
    • 1966, Truman Capote, In Cold Blood, New York: Modern Library, 1992, Part 3, p. 227,[3]
      You live until you die, and it doesn’t matter how you go; dead’s dead. So why carry on like a sackful of sick cats just because Herb Clutter got his throat cut?
  2. (figuratively) A large number or amount (of something).
    • 1590, Henry Barrow, A Brief Discoverie of the False Church, p. 231,[4]
      what can the Pope say more for his sackfull of traditions?
    • 1680, Richard Head, The English Rogue Continued in the Life of Meriton Latroon, London: Francis Kirkman, Chapter 7, p. 87,[5]
      [] away we went home again fraught with a Sackful of news to tell our Master.
    • 1853, uncredited translators, German Popular Tales and Household Stories: Collected by the Brothers Grimm, New York: C.S. Francis, Volume I, 74. “The Fox and the Cat,” p. 381,[6]
      [] I understand a hundred arts, and have, moreover, a sackful of cunning!
    • 1915, H. Rider Haggard, Allan and the Holy Flower, London: Longman, Green, Chapter 19, p. 349,[7]
      Day and night the poor fellow raved, and always about that confounded orchid, the loss of which seemed to weigh upon his mind as though it were a whole sackful of unrepented crimes.
    • 1986, Hanif Kureishi, “Bradford” in Granta 20, Winter, 1986, p. 163,[8]
      He received sackfuls of hate mail and few letters of support.
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Etymology 2Edit

sack (verb) +‎ -ful

AdjectiveEdit

sackful (comparative more sackful, superlative most sackful)

  1. (obsolete) Intent on plunder.
    • c. 1611, George Chapman (translator), The Iliads of Homer, London: Nathaniell Butter, Book 2, p. 30,[9]
      Now will I sing the sackfull troopes, Pelasgian Argos held,