Pitchfork meaning

pĭchfôrk
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A large, long-handled fork with sharp, widely spaced prongs for lifting and pitching hay.
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To toss or carry with a pitchfork.
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A large, long-handled fork used for lifting and tossing hay, straw, etc.
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To lift and toss with or as with a pitchfork.
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An agricultural tool comprising a fork attached to a long handle used for pitching hay or bales of hay high up onto a haystack.
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To lift or toss with or as if with a pitchfork.
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Origin of pitchfork

  • Alteration (influenced by pichen to throw) of Middle English pikforke pik pick pick2 or pik spike pike5 forke fork fork

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition