verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of fork
Examples from the Web for forks
Contemporary Examples of forks
There was a blond girl he liked in Three Forks, where his uncle lived.The Ballad of Johnny France
Richard Ben Cramer
January 12, 2014
You will instead: Begin gathering nearby plates, dishes, forks and leftovers.Crushing Christmas: How to Win Every Argument
Kelly Williams Brown
December 24, 2013
This was a throwback, for by then forks were nearly universal.
Spoons are sometimes used with firm puddings,” noted a cookbook of 1887, “but forks are the better style.
Because we use knives and forks every day, we do not notice how they hamper us.
Historical Examples of forks
It was strange to have forks in so many cases where I've always used spoons.The Bacillus of Beauty
They were seated at a low table where no forks or knives or even plates were laid.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
One of them had a shotgun and others were armed with forks and rakes.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
His first acquaintance in Forks stood his friend to the last.
Then it was that his thoughts reverted to the scene in the saloon at Forks.
- 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.