1 amount that can be held in one hand
ADJ. good | double She bent and pulled up a double handful of weeds.
PREP. ~ of She grabbed handfuls of the dirty snow.
2 small number of people/things
ADJ. small, tiny | mere having to cope with a mere handful of staff | good He has a good handful of letters after his name.
PREP. ~ of a handful of people
PHRASES just/only a handful of sth We have received only a small handful of letters on this subject.