[foo l] /fʊl/
adjective, fuller, fullest.
completely filled; containing all that can be held; filled to utmost capacity:
a full cup.
complete; entire; maximum:
a full supply of food for a three-day hike.
of the maximum size, amount, extent, volume, etc.:
a full load of five tons; to receive full pay.
(of garments, drapery, etc.) wide, ample, or having ample folds.
a yard full of litter; a cabinet full of medicine.
filled or rounded out, as in form:
a full bust.
engrossed; occupied (usually followed by of):
She was full of her own anxieties.
of the same parents:
Music. ample and complete in volume or richness of sound.
(of wines) having considerable body.
being slightly oversized, as a sheet of glass cut too large to fit into a frame.
Poker. of or relating to the three cards of the same denomination in a full house:
He won the hand with a pair of kings and sixes full.
exactly or directly:
The blow struck him full in the face.
You know full well what I mean.
, completely, or entirely; quite; at least:
The blow knocked him full around. It happened full 30 years ago.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
(of the moon) to become full.
the highest or fullest state, condition, or degree:
The moon is at the full.
to the full, to the greatest extent; thoroughly:
They enjoyed themselves to the full.
holding or containing as much as possible; filled to capacity or near capacity
abundant in supply, quantity, number, etc: full of energy
having consumed enough food or drink
(esp of the face or figure) rounded or plump; not thin
(prenominal) with no part lacking; complete: a full dozen
(prenominal) with all privileges, rights, etc; not restricted: a full member
(prenominal) of, relating to, or designating a relationship established by descent from the same parents: full brother
filled with emotion or sentiment: a full heart
(postpositive) foll by of. occupied or engrossed (with): full of his own projects
(of a garment, esp a skirt) containing a large amount of fabric; of ample cut
(of sails, etc) distended by wind
(of wine, such as a burgundy) having a heavy body
(of a colour) containing a large quantity of pure hue as opposed to white or grey; rich; saturated
(nautical) full and by, another term for close-hauled
full of oneself, full of pride or conceit; egoistic
full up, filled to capacity: the cinema was full up
in full cry, (esp of a pack of hounds) in hot pursuit of quarry
in full swing, at the height of activity: the party was in full swing
exactly; directly; right: he hit him full in the stomach
very; extremely (esp in the phrase full well)
full out, with maximum effort or speed
the greatest degree, extent, etc
(Brit) a ridge of sand or shingle along a seashore
in full, without omitting, decreasing, or shortening: we paid in full for our mistake
to the full, to the greatest extent; thoroughly; fully
(transitive) (needlework) to gather or tuck
(intransitive) (of the moon) to be fully illuminated
(of cloth, yarn, etc) to become or to make (cloth, yarn, etc) heavier and more compact during manufacture through shrinking and beating or pressing
early 14c., from full (adj.) + -ness. Apparently not a survival of Old English fulnes.
Old English full “completely, full, perfect, entire, utter,” from Proto-Germanic *fullaz (cf. Old Saxon full, Old Frisian ful, Old Norse fullr, Old High German fol, German voll, Gothic fulls), from PIE *pele- (1) “to fill” (see poly-).
Adverbial sense was common in Middle English (full well, full many, etc.). Related: Fuller; fullest. Full moon was Old English fulles monan; first record of full-blood in relation to racial purity is from 1812. Full house is 1710 in the theatrical sense, 1887 in the poker sense.
“to tread or beat cloth to cleanse or thicken it,” late 14c., from Old French fouler, from Latin fullo (see foil (v.)); Old English had the agent-noun fullere, probably directly from Latin fullo.
noun 1. the proper or destined time.
- Full of crap
Also, full of bull; full of shit. Talking nonsense or rubbish, as in She doesn’t know what she’s talking about; she’s full of crap. All of these expressions alluding to excrement are considered vulgar. [ First half of 1900s ] Also see: hot air
- Full of oneself
Conceited, self-centered, as in Ever since she won the prize Mary’s been so full of herself that no one wants to talk to her. This expression uses full of in the sense of “engrossed with” or “absorbed with,” a usage dating from about 1600.
- Full of it
1. Also, full of the devil. Mischievous, naughty. For example, The youngsters were full of it today, giving the teacher a hard time, or Bill is full of the devil, hiding his roommate’s clothes and teasing him mercilessly. 2. Talking nonsense, as in He claims to have fixed the dock, but I think he’s full […]