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

Other Words from pitchfork

pitchfork transitive verb

Examples of pitchfork in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then there are letters that are totally unrecognizable, like psi — shaped like a little pitchfork. Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2021 Conservative students are shunned, while right-wing professors are driven out by pitchfork-wielding mobs. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 8 Nov. 2021 The helmets with the pitchfork and number are nothing short of excellent. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 15 Oct. 2021 The helmet used as part of the combination is gold with a black pitchfork and a black stripe. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 18 Sep. 2021 Less than six months after taking the job, Roe abruptly quit this week, his exit a sacrifice to the pitchfork-wielding, sulfur-spewing Trump wing of Michigan’s GOP. Los Angeles Times, 15 July 2021 In one picture, Ibrahim can be seen smiling with his hand resting on his firearm while standing next to a man holding an American flag and a pitchfork. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2021 At the very least, spread about 2 to 3 inches of compost over your beds, then sprinkle a general-purpose fertilizer on top, and use a shovel or pitchfork to work into the soil. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 9 Mar. 2021 Krejci was initially whistled off for a five-minute major at 11:16 of the second for his backhand pitchfork into Barzal’s groin. BostonGlobe.com, 6 June 2021

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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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“Pitchfork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pitchfork. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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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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