fork-ten·​der ˈfȯrk-ˈten-dər How to pronounce fork-tender (audio)
: tender enough to be easily pierced or cut with a fork
fork-tender filet mignon

Examples of fork-tender in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cook potatoes for 16 to 20 minutes or until fork-tender and drain. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 16 Nov. 2023 The fix-it-and-forget-it appliance enables couples to cook a fork-tender pot roast and vegetables while away from home, and this model ratchets up the capabilities by adding the sous vide option. Carrie Honaker, Southern Living, 18 Oct. 2023 Simmer until the vegetables are fork-tender, about 30 minutes. Sandra A. Gutierrez, Saveur, 11 Oct. 2023 The menu superstar is the brisket, which is cooked to fork-tender perfection with a delectable and crispy burnt ends crust. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Sep. 2023 Cover the pan, and simmer for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the apples are fork-tender. Taylor Tobin, Southern Living, 22 Sep. 2023 Once the potato is fork-tender, remove it immediately from the boiling water, according to the Food Network. Josie Goodrich, USA TODAY, 25 Aug. 2023 Reduce heat to medium-high; simmer, uncovered, until potatoes are fork-tender, about 10 minutes. Drain; chill 10 minutes. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 14 Aug. 2023 The potatoes will be rich, ever-so-slightly smoky, and fork-tender. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 11 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fork-tender was in 1973

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“Fork-tender.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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