pitchfork

noun pitch·fork \ ˈpich-ˌfȯrk \

Definition of pitchfork

:a long-handled fork that has two or three long somewhat curved prongs and is used especially in pitching hay

pitchfork

transitive verb

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First Known Use of pitchfork

13th century


PITCHFORK Defined for English Language Learners

pitchfork

noun

Definition of pitchfork for English Language Learners

  • : a tool that has two or three long, thin metal bars on a long handle and that is used for lifting hay


PITCHFORK Defined for Kids

pitchfork

noun pitch·fork \ ˈpich-ˌfȯrk \

Definition of pitchfork for Students

:a tool having a long handle and usually two to five metal prongs that is used especially for lifting and tossing hay or straw


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