\ ˈfȯrk How to pronounce fork (audio) \

Definition of fork

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an implement with two or more prongs used especially for taking up (as in eating), pitching, or digging
2 : a forked part, tool, or piece of equipment
3a : a division into branches or the place where something divides into branches
4 : one of the branches into which something forks
5 : an attack by one chess piece (such as a knight) on two pieces simultaneously


forked; forking; forks

Definition of fork (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to divide into two or more branches where the road forks
2a : to use or work with a fork
b : to turn into a fork

transitive verb

1 : to give the form of a fork to forking her fingers
2 : to attack (two chessmen) simultaneously
3 : to raise, pitch, dig, or work with a fork fork hay
4 : pay, contribute used with over, out, or up had to fork over $5000

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Other Words from fork


forkful \ ˈfȯrk-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce fork (audio) \ noun


forker noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for fork

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of fork in a Sentence

Noun a fork in the road the north fork of the river the front fork of a bicycle Verb The road forks to the north and south. They forked the hay into the loft.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Of course, getting food from the farm to the fork requires specialized labor, starting on the farm and ending up in grocery-store aisles and in restaurants, both front and the back-of-the-house. Phil Kafarakis, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Once boiling, turn down to a rapid simmer and cook until the potatoes are soft, giving way to a fork but not falling apart, about 25-30 minutes. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 May 2021 Add the cauliflower florets and leaves to the pot and boil for 5 to 7 minutes, or until fork tender. Arkansas Online, 26 May 2021 Keto fans can get any of these creations wild creations sans bun and go the knife-and-fork route. Amy Drew Thompson,, 20 May 2021 Cook until the potatoes are fork-tender and the lentils are tender but with a slight al-dente bite, 20 to 25 minutes, then drain and let cool slightly. Washington Post, 9 May 2021 Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until cauliflower is fork-tender, 5 minutes. Eleanore Park, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2021 On second thought, maybe don’t ask him: Mr. de Blasio is still remembered for making the mistake of eating a slice at Goodfella’s, a popular pizzeria on Staten Island, with a knife and fork. New York Times, 25 Feb. 2021 Cut avocado in half, remove the pit and scoop out the middle; mash it with a fork in a small bowl. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 6 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The theater also was one of the few in later years that would show movies released on Netflix for those who preferred the theater experience or who refused to fork out for a subscription for just one movie. Star Tribune, 31 May 2021 But the supply of homes is tight, and new construction can’t keep up with demand—which means that buyers often have to fork over a staggering amount to close a deal. WSJ, 4 May 2021 And merchants, who may have to fork over some 3% to 6% of the transaction to the pay-later lender, have to decide whether putting these services on their checkout is worth it. John Detrixhe, Quartz, 17 Apr. 2021 The ones who have the financial ability just fork over the cash. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 28 May 2021 Roberts also hopes testing requirements -- which currently see travelers having to fork out potentially hundreds of dollars per person, even for green destinations -- may have loosened or at least become cheaper. Francesca Street, CNN, 22 May 2021 But instead of getting lovestruck individuals to fork over cash, scammers sweet-talk them into cryptocurrency investments. Washington Post, 18 May 2021 As with the $3 million supercar that inspired it, collectors can expect to fork out a pretty penny for this showstopper. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 4 May 2021 The company has a backlog of more than 600 people who will fork over between $200,000 and $250,000 each for a ride to space. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 5 May 2021

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First Known Use of fork


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for fork


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

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The first known use of fork was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of fork

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of fork (Entry 2 of 2)

of a road, river, etc. : to divide into two parts
informal : to pay or give (money)
: to lift or throw (something) with a fork


\ ˈfȯrk How to pronounce fork (audio) \

Kids Definition of fork

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an implement having a handle and two or more prongs for taking up (as in eating), pitching, or digging
2 : a forked part or tool
3 : the place where something divides or branches a fork in the road
4 : one of the parts into which something divides or branches the left fork


forked; forking

Kids Definition of fork (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to divide into branches Drive to where the road forks.
2 : to pitch or lift with a fork


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Medical Definition of fork

1 : a forked part, tool, or piece of equipment — see tuning fork
2 : the lower part of the human body where the legs diverge from the trunk usually including the legs

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