[ fawrkt, fawr-kid ]
/ fɔrkt, ˈfɔr kɪd /


having a fork or fork-like branches.
zigzag, as lightning.


    to speak with/havea forked tongue, to speak deceitfully; attempt to deceive.
Also forky.

Origin of forked

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at fork, -ed3

Related forms

fork·ed·ly [fawr-kid-lee] /ˈfɔr kɪd li/, adverbfork·ed·ness, nounun·forked, adjective

Definition for forked (2 of 2)

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for forked (1 of 2)


/ (fɔːkt, ˈfɔːkɪd) /


  1. having a fork or forklike parts
  2. (in combination)two-forked
having sharp angles; zigzag
insincere or equivocal (esp in the phrase forked tongue)

Derived Forms

forkedly (ˈfɔːkɪdlɪ), adverbforkedness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for forked (2 of 2)


/ (fɔːk) /



Derived Forms

forkful, noun

Word Origin for fork

Old English forca, from Latin furca
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