[fawrk-foo l]

noun, plural fork·fuls.

the amount a fork can hold.

Origin of forkful

1635–45; fork + -ful, probably on the model of spoonful

Usage note

See -ful. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for forkful

Contemporary Examples of forkful

Historical Examples of forkful

  • I yanked down a forkful of hay for each of them, after I saw to my own horse.

    The La Chance Mine Mystery

    Susan Carleton Jones

  • My mind was on it all the time, and every forkful was placed with considerate care.

    In Pastures Green

    Peter McArthur

  • Going to the stable, I got a forkful of wet straw and carried it to my bonfire.

    In Pastures Green

    Peter McArthur

  • He had a forkful of hay over the opening when he saw her below.

    The Hand

    Gerald Allan Sohl

  • After tasting his first forkful of food, he gasped, "And none of this ham!"

Word Origin and History for forkful

1640s; see fork (n.) + -ful.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper