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  1. a forklike tool for pitching hay.
  2. a machine for loading or unloading hay.
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Origin of hayfork

First recorded in 1545–55; hay + fork
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Examples from the Web for hayfork

Historical Examples

  • There was many a man killed with no more of a weapon than a hayfork.

    Seven Short Plays

    Lady Gregory

  • You don't know he was followed and that he was laid dead with the stab of a hayfork?

  • She tossed her hayfork into the empty rack and climbed in after it.

    A Busy Year at the Old Squire's

    Charles Asbury Stephens

  • Meanwhile, the hayfork and the blood-stained knife were impounded.

    The Revellers

    Louis Tracy

  • A pulley attached to the trolley carrier lifted and lowered the hayfork.

British Dictionary definitions for hayfork


  1. a long-handled fork with two long curved prongs, used for moving or turning hay; pitchfork
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