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handfuls - noun

 

The preferred spelling is handfuls.

Example: He gave the poor man several handfuls of coins.

Consider the following Usage Note from Dictionary.com:

The plurals of nouns ending in -ful are usually formed by adding -s to the suffix: two cupfuls; two scant teaspoonfuls. Perhaps influenced by the phrase in which a noun is followed by the adjective full (both arms full of packages), some speakers and writers pluralize such nouns by adding -s before the suffix: two cupsful.

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