pitch·​fork | \ ˈpich-ˌfȯrk How to pronounce pitchfork (audio) \

Definition of pitchfork

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

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pitchfork transitive verb

Examples of pitchfork in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He’ll be crushed by the pitchfork crowd, and who wants to hang around to watch that? Steve Lopez Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: In case of a Trump win, I’m weighing my options. Canada? Mexico? Secession?," 4 Nov. 2020 Shepard’s plane crashed into a field, and furious pitchfork-wielding German farmers surrounded him, but a German military doctor came to the young pilot’s rescue — keeping the farmers back at gunpoint. Frederic J. Frommer, Star Tribune, "A WWII hero with one leg wanted to pitch in the MLB; in 1945, he got his chance," 3 Nov. 2020 To avoid injury to the tubers, use a lifting motion with a pitchfork or potato fork, rather than digging with a shovel. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Uproot delicate dahlia tubers now so they can overwinter indoors," 1 Nov. 2020 Handheld aerators are pushed into the ground with some help from a foot, much like a pitchfork or hoe. Lauren Corona, chicagotribune.com, "The best manual lawn aerator," 17 Oct. 2020 After about two weeks, turn the pile with a pitchfork. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Set driving rules before lending the car to the kids," 30 July 2020 Afterward rake up sod manually with a square shovel or pitchfork. oregonlive, "When it’s time to say goodbye to lawn, uproot it first," 13 July 2020 Before you get your pitchforks out, this all happened virtually. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, "You Can Now Attend VR Meetings—No Headset Required," 13 May 2020 When a new, unknown invader proves difficult to distinguish, the body sometimes gets desperate and calls out the entire immune-system military—and also the National Guard, and the Boy Scouts, and anyone who has a pitchfork or a torch. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "What Antibody Tests Can and Can’t Do," 1 May 2020

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First Known Use of pitchfork

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pitchfork was in the 13th century

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14 Nov 2020

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“Pitchfork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pitchfork. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pitchfork

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


pitch·​fork | \ ˈpich-ˌfȯrk How to pronounce pitchfork (audio) \

Kids Definition of pitchfork

: 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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