fork

1 of 2

noun

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
3
a
: 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
forkful noun

fork

2 of 2

verb

forked; forking; forks

intransitive verb

1
: to divide into two or more branches
where the road forks
2
a
: 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
forker noun

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Cut open the seed of the persimmon fruit and look for the image of a fork, a knife or a spoon. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 10 Nov. 2022 Calder making a kind of mobile out of a fork and the pick and a date. Cullen Murphy, The Atlantic, 7 Nov. 2022 The Rices fire started around 2 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Rices Crossing Road, north of the south fork of the Yuba River and west of the community of North San Juan. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2022 Brush edges with water or egg if using, fold each round in half and press with fork to seal. Joy Cho, Good Housekeeping, 12 Nov. 2022 Arrange the sweet potatoes on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours, or until the flesh of the sweet potatoes is very soft and can be easily pierced with a fork. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2022 One aspect of cycle trucks that often goes unnoticed to casual onlookers is how front loads are more stable because they’re attached directly to the frame instead of rotating with the fork. James Huang, Outside Online, 25 Oct. 2022 Cook for 20–25 minutes until they are easily pierced with a fork. Hayley Maitland, Vogue, 21 Oct. 2022 Whisk with a fork while adding 6 tablespoons of olive oil until the concoction is creamy. Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2022
Verb
According to the 2022 survey by Heidrick & Struggles, an executive search firm, companies must be willing to fork over nearly $1 million in total compensation package to attract a high-quality CISO. Phillimon Zongo, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2022 Drivers are more willing than ever to fork out for an exotic. Dana Givens, Robb Report, 9 Nov. 2022 That means homebuyers have to fork over cash before the properties are even constructed, while property developers receive vast streams of essentially interest-free financing. Mary Hui, Quartz, 8 Aug. 2022 ReFED estimates that food waste emissions, from farm to fork to landfill, are equivalent to that of 72 coal-burning power plants. Somini Sengupta, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Oct. 2022 Place a bunch of spoons (or fork, or twig or pinecone) in the center of a table; there should be enough for every person to have one, except one person. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 13 Apr. 2022 Those with older Challengers need not fret, as Dodge is offering this multicolor wrap to any owner of a 2008 or newer Challenger willing to fork over the $3700 this bit of exterior decor costs. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, 20 Oct. 2022 Rich energy companies should be forced to fork over some windfall profits to aid victims of climate change and offset rising fuel and food costs, the United Nations Secretary-General told world leaders Tuesday. Time, 20 Sep. 2022 With Just an App Want to cut the cord, ditch the traditional television providers entirely, and still not fork over close to $100 a year for a livestreaming service like YouTube TV or Sling TV? Matt Jancer, WIRED, 1 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

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

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

Dictionary Entries Near fork

Cite this Entry

“Fork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fork. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

fork

1 of 2 noun
1
: a tool with two or more prongs used especially for taking up (as in eating), pitching, or digging
2
: a forked part or tool
3
a
: a dividing into branches or the place where something divides into branches
a fork in the road
b
: a branch of a fork
take the left fork

fork

2 of 2 verb
1
: to divide into two or more branches
the road forks
2
: to raise or pitch with a fork
fork hay
3
: to give the form of a fork to
forked her fingers
4
: pay entry 1 sense 2, contribute
had to fork over $100
forker noun

Medical Definition

fork

noun
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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