Origin of forked
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of fork
Related Words for forkedbifurcate, divided, zigzag, split, branching, tined, angled, bifurcated, branched, furcate, divaricate, bifid, dichotomous, pronged
Examples from the Web for forked
Contemporary Examples of forked
The paper apologized and forked over an undisclosed sum in “damages.”Hollywood vs. The Daily Mail: George Clooney and Angelina Jolie Take On The UK's Leanest, Meanest Gossip Machine
Lizzie Crocker, Lloyd Grove
July 12, 2014
One commenter summed up these sentiments: forked tongue: You mean you think any of us actually [i]watched[/i] it?Poll Results: Readers Unimpressed by Palin's Today Show Appearance
April 3, 2012
“Whichever administration lawyer wrote this was having the president speak with forked tongue,” Kirk said.Obama Embraces Signing Statements After Knocking Bush for Using Them
January 4, 2012
And I forked over too much money for a polka dot shirt dress that was met with admiration from my coworkers.The Mad Men Finishing School
August 11, 2009
Historical Examples of forked
The gills are close, decurrent, whitish, some of them forked at the base.
The gills are decurrent, distant, rather thick, often forked.
A crack like a flash of forked lightning had shot across the face of the stone.The Manxman
For there was a forked road for Trudy as well as for Mary Faithful.
It was good to think that women had forked roads these days.
- having a fork or forklike parts
- (in combination)two-forked
- a division into two or more branches
- the point where the division begins
- such a branch
Word Origin for fork
Old English forca "forked instrument used by torturers," a Germanic borrowing (cf. Old Norse forkr) from Latin furca "pitchfork; fork used in cooking," of uncertain origin.
Table forks were not generally used in England until 15c. The word is first attested in this sense in English in a will of 1463, probably from Old North French forque (Old French furche, Modern French fourche), from the Latin word. Of rivers, from 1753; of roads, from 1839.
"to divide in branches, go separate ways" (early 14c.), from fork (n.). Related: Forked; forking. The slang verb phrase fork up (or out) "give over" is from 1831.