General English


  • noun a common hand implement for turning over soil, and lifting out weeds
  • verb to dig ground with a fork



  • An implement with 2 or more prongs and a handle conveniently grasped in the hand used for eating solid foods, carving or cooking. Carving forks usually have 2 large prongs.


  • noun a piece of cutlery, with a handle at one end and sharp points at the other, used for picking food up
  • noun a place where a road divides into two new roads

Origin & History of “fork”

Fork comes from Latin furca, a word of unknown origin which denoted ‘two-pronged fork or stake’. It provided most of the romance and Celtic languages with their terms for ‘fork’, as well as English (French fourche, for instance, Italian forca, Spanish horca, Welsh fforch, and Breton forc’h). The term was not widely used for ‘table forks’ until they came into general use, from Italy, in the 15th and 16th centuries; several languages have used diminutive forms in this context, such as French fourchette and Romanian furculita. Bifurcate (17th c.) is a derivative, descended from Latin bifurcus ‘two-pronged’.