Meaning of -ful in English:

-ful

Pronunciation /f?l/ /f(?)l/

suffix

  • 1(forming adjectives from nouns) full of.

    • ‘sorrowful’
    1. 1.1Having the qualities of.
      • ‘masterful’
  • 2Forming adjectives from adjectives or from Latin stems with little change of sense.

    • ‘grateful’
  • 3(forming adjectives from verbs) apt to; able to; accustomed to.

    ‘forgetful’
    • ‘watchful’
  • 4Forming nouns denoting the amount needed to fill the specified container, holder, etc.

    ‘bucketful’
    • ‘handful’

Origin

From full.