Meaning of FORK in English

I. ˈfȯrk noun

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

Date: before 12th century

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


a. : a division into branches or the place where something divides into branches

b. : confluence

4. : one of the branches into which something forks

5. : an attack by one chess piece (as a knight) on two pieces simultaneously

• fork·ful -ˌfu̇l noun

II. verb

Date: 15th century

intransitive verb

1. : to divide into two or more branches

where the road fork s


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

fork ing 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

• fork·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.