Origin of fork

before 1000; Middle English forke, Old English forca < Latin furca fork, gallows, yoke

Related forms

fork·less, adjectivefork·like, adjectiveun·fork, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for fork out (1 of 2)

fork out

fork over or fork up

verb

(adverb) slang to pay (money, goods, etc), esp with reluctance

British Dictionary definitions for fork out (2 of 2)

fork

/ (fɔːk) /

noun


verb

Derived Forms

forkful, noun

Word Origin for fork

Old English forca, from Latin furca
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