Also called forklift truck, fork truck. a small vehicle with two power-operated prongs at the front that can be slid under heavy loads and then raised for moving and stacking materials in warehouses, shipping depots, etc.

verb (used with object)

to move or stack by forklift.

Origin of forklift

First recorded in 1940–45; fork + lift Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for forklift

Contemporary Examples of forklift

Historical Examples of forklift

  • In England a 40-cell unit has been used to drive a forklift truck and to do electric welding.

    The Practical Values of Space Exploration

    Committee on Science and Astronautics

  • Jon called to him, the robot swung up his forklift and rolled over on noiseless tires.

    The Velvet Glove

    Harry Harrison

Word Origin and History for forklift

also fork-lift (truck), 1946, from fork (n.) + lift (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper