Pronunciation: (hand'fool), [key]
1. the quantity or amount that the hand can hold: a handful of coins.
2. a small amount, number, or quantity: a handful of men.
3. Informal.a person or thing that is as much as one can manage or control: The baby's tantrums made him a handful.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.