\ 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 uphad to fork over $5000

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Other Words from fork


forkful \ ˈfȯrk-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce forkful (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 Use a fork or a pastry blender to cut the shortening into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs with a few pea-size bits. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "3 Sweet Potato Pie Recipes By Black Cooks That You Need This Thanksgiving," 21 Nov. 2019 Using a fork, mash the garlic and cauliflower mixture to a coarse paste. NBC News, "Chicken and cauliflower traybake with roasted garlic–yogurt sauce," 17 Oct. 2019 Using a fork, mash the garlic and chili to a paste on the baking sheet., "Crispy Chicken Under a Brick (Tsitsila Tabaka)," 18 Sep. 2019 Pull the pork apart with forks while making sure chili rub is mixed in. Celestina Blok, star-telegram, "Need a new recipe for Easter brunch? Local chefs share faves from their restaurants | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 27 Mar. 2018 As Fundstrat’s Thomas Lee notes, that interest is enough for tokens with upcoming forks to maybe do well. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "These Cryptocurrencies May Beat Bitcoin in the Coming Months," 22 Feb. 2018 Carefully put cookies into a bowl of powdered sugar, a few at a time, immediately, and roll around with forks until coated; set on waxed paper to cool. Lauren Oster, Redbook, "Recipe: My Mom's 6-Ingredient Cookies (and Party-Perfect, Eco-Friendly Napkins)," 24 Aug. 2011 Grasp one end of the skewer and use your fork to push everything onto the plate, where it may then be eaten in the normal way. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Train commuter unsure of etiquette," 6 Nov. 2019 Oh, look, Sam Affleck has the meatball on his fork. Claudia Harmata,, "Jennifer Garner Reveals the Creative Game She Plays with Her Kids to Get Them to Try New Foods," 11 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Holy forking shirtballs, Amazon’s A League of Their Own series is looking to The Good Place for one of its lead roles. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "A League of Their Own," 8 Nov. 2019 In settling the opioid lawsuits with the two Ohio counties, the four companies that agreed to fork over funds all issued statements denying any wrongdoing. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Can the Opioid Crisis Avoid the Pitfalls of the Tobacco Wars?," 24 Oct. 2019 The limit is one legal-sized fish daily (between 44-50 inches fork length). oregonlive, "Bill Monroe: As Oregon’s major deer and elk seasons approach, hunters face a few more challenges with electronic tagging," 20 Sep. 2019 Mendy, Walker, Danilo, Angelino and now Cancelo have arrived over the past couple of summers, with over £150m forked out to bring them to the Etihad., "João Cancelo: 5 Reasons Why Manchester City's New Full-Back Is the Perfect Etihad Addition," 11 Aug. 2019 The company is constantly fine-tuning and adding new benefits for Prime members, who fork over $119 a year. Doreen Christensen,, "10 secret Amazon Prime benefits you may not know about," 12 Nov. 2019 Foreign governments expressed little interest in forking over $20 a square foot for exhibit space. John Kelly, Washington Post, "The world’s fair that never was: In 1950, D.C. almost got the amazing Freedom Fair," 28 Sep. 2019 Clowney will not have the franchise placed on him in 2020 as part of the trade, while the Texans are paying him a $7 million signing bonus, with Seattle forking over the remaining $8 million owed him this season. Scooby Axson,, "Jadeveon Clowney: Former Texans Teammate Duane Brown Helped Sell Him on Seahawks," 3 Sep. 2019 Following a summer of mainly defensive reinforcement, there is now the chance for the Brazilian to go right ahead and go some way (let's be fair) to repaying the £52m that was forked out for him., "Fred: Why Manchester United Must Give the £52m Brazilian a Chance to Shine," 9 Sep. 2019

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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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29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Fork.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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


\ ˈfȯ(ə)rk How to pronounce fork (audio) \

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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