\ 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 garden fork to carefully dig the bulbs out of the ground, taking care not to pull too hard on the stems to avoid breaking them off. Tim Johnson,, "Imagine what you’ll do with all that homegrown garlic," 12 Sep. 2019 Use a fork to drizzle any remaining chocolate over top. Robin Miller, azcentral, "Healthy summer dinners you can make without turning on the oven," 31 July 2019 Add cold butter to bowl and cut into the dry ingredients using a fork, until mixture is small pea-size lumps. CBS News, "The Dish: Luke Holden of Luke's Lobster shares his signature recipes," 6 July 2019 Transfer cod to a bowl, and use a fork to flake it into large chunks, then set aside. Bryan Washington, The New Yorker, "Coming Back to Ackee and Salt Fish, Jamaica’s National Dish," 1 July 2019 My sweet sweet baby Guy learned how to use a fork in Japan. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Everything Sarah Hoover Ate on Her Two-Week Trip Through Japan," 21 May 2019 To do it yourself, use a fork to poke holes all over the banana (this will keep it from exploding). Audrey Bruno, SELF, "12 Microwave Hacks That Will Change Your Cooking Game," 9 May 2019 Turn right at fork (Rancho San Antonio Service Road) and continue short distance to northwest parking lot and trailhead. Tom Stienstra,, "Mountain lion alert sent out for South Peninsula," 13 Sep. 2019 Using a toothpick or the tines of a fork, poke the cake all over. Los Angeles Times, "The only 4 cakes you’ll ever need for entertaining," 12 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 As long as the monopoly doesn’t lead to us forking out more money, then antitrust regulators traditionally leave it alone. Tim O'reilly, Quartz, "Antitrust regulators are using the wrong tools to break up Big Tech," 17 July 2019 Time After a summer of record-high avocado prices, consumers are now forking over less green for the fatty fruit. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "It's not your imagination. Chipotle's guacamole is different and avocado prices are down," 14 Sep. 2019 Unai Emery's side forked out £15m to bring the playmaker to the Emirates Stadium for 2019/20, securing his services despite interest from a number of other clubs., "Dani Ceballos Talks Love for Arsenal, Frustrations With Real Madrid & Which Club Is Bigger," 12 Sep. 2019 In order to care for both an infant and 4-year-old in Connecticut, a family would have to fork over $28,232, which the think tank found is over 50 percent more than the average cost of rent in the state. Shannon Larson,, "Connecticut among the most expensive states when it comes to child care, research shows," 31 July 2019 So Gabby Gabby is groovy groovy, and Forky is forking great. Christian Holub,, "All hail Forky: Critics rave about the trash-toy at the center of Toy Story 4," 13 June 2019 Rodri became the side's record signing over the off-season, the Sky Blues forking out £63m to lure him from Atletico Madrid., "Manchester City Become First Club Ever to Assemble €1bn Squad After Summer Transfer Window," 9 Sep. 2019 As each of the aspiring hopefuls was said to be forking out the same rent bill, MC2 was accused of pocketing $16,650: a far cry from the $2,900 value of the other two-bedroom apartments in the same building. Fox News, "Mysterious French modeling agent, accused Epstein 'procurer' whereabouts unknown as probe continues," 21 Aug. 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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4 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for fork

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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