Variant of fork
- an instrument of greatly varying size with a handle at one end and two or more pointed prongs at the other: forks are variously used as eating utensils and for pitching hay, breaking up soil, etc.
- something resembling a fork in shape: tuning fork
- a division into branches; bifurcation
- ☆ the point where a river, road, etc. is divided into two or more branches, or where branches join to form a river, road, etc.
- any of these branches
Origin of forkMiddle English forke ; from Old English forca and amp; Anglo-French forque (Fr fourche), both ; from Classical Latin furca, two-pronged fork
to divide into branches; be bifurcated: where the road forks
- to make into the shape of a fork
- to pick up, spear, or pitch with a fork
- Chess to attack (two chessmen) simultaneously with a single chessman
Informal to pay out; hand over