Definition of mouthful in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈmaʊθfʊl
, -f(ə)l/

noun (plural mouthfuls)

  • 2A long or complicated word or phrase that is difficult to say: poliomyelitis is a bit of a mouthful
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    • St Nicholas Fields Conservation Group is a bit of a mouthful, and becomes the Friends of St Nicholas Fields.
    • It's a nice, short word Tory, unlike Conservative, which is a bit of a mouthful.
    • Her name is a bit of a mouthful too, so everyone calls her Jen, and she's thirteen.
    tongue-twister, long word, difficult word


give someone a mouthful

British informal Talk to or shout at someone in an angry or critical way: she gave him a mouthful—I’d never heard her speak like this before
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  • She said: ‘Some of them apologise and move on, but others just give you a mouthful.’
  • The driver then proceeded to give me a mouthful about how cyclists should be more careful.
  • Your average traffic cop must pull over hundreds of motorists a month, many of whom are going to give him a mouthful.

say a mouthful

North American informal Say something noteworthy.
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  • When Rahouf sat, he made a choice of conscience that directly impacted no one but sure said a mouthful.
  • ‘That's saying a mouthful,’ I muttered, glaring at Kyle.
  • He's a boy, firstly, and that's saying a mouthful.

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