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noun \ˈfȯrk\

Simple Definition of fork

  • : a small tool with two or more pointed parts (called prongs or tines) used for picking up and eating food

  • : a garden tool with two or more prongs used for lifting and digging soil

  • : a place where something (such as a road or river) divides into two parts

Full Definition of fork

  1. 1 :  an implement with two or more prongs used especially for taking up (as in eating), pitching, or digging

  2. 2 :  a forked part, tool, or piece of equipment

  3. 3 a :  a division into branches or the place where something divides into branches b :  confluence

  4. 4 :  one of the branches into which something forks

  5. 5 :  an attack by one chess piece (as a knight) on two pieces simultaneously

fork·ful play \-ˌfu̇l\ noun

Examples of fork

  1. a fork in the road

  2. the north fork of the river

  3. the front fork of a bicycle

Origin of fork

Middle English forke, from Old English & Anglo-French; Old English forca & Anglo-French furke, from Latin furca

First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with fork




Simple Definition of fork

  • of a road, river, etc. : to divide into two parts

  • : to pay or give (money)

  • : to lift or throw (something) with a fork

Full Definition of fork

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to divide into two or more branches <where the road forks>

  3. 2 a :  to use or work with a fork b :  to turn into a fork

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to give the form of a fork to <forking her fingers>

  6. 2 :  to attack (two chessmen) simultaneously

  7. 3 :  to raise, pitch, dig, or work with a fork <fork hay>

  8. 4 :  pay, contribute —used with over, out, or up <had to fork over $5000>

fork·er noun

Examples of fork

  1. The road forks to the north and south.

  2. They forked the hay into the loft.

15th Century

First Known Use of fork

15th century

Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈfȯ(ə)rk\

Medical Definition of fork

  1. 1:  a forked part, tool, or piece of equipment—see tuning fork

  2. 2:  the lower part of the human body where the legs diverge from the trunk usually including the legs

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