Meaning of “fork” in the English Dictionary

"fork" in British English

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forknoun [ C ]

uk /fɔːk/ us /fɔːrk/

fork noun [ C ] (FOOD)

A2 a small object with three or four points and a handle, that you use to pick up food and eat with:

a knife and fork.

More examples

  • She prodded the cake with her fork to see if it was cooked.
  • Prick the skin of the potatoes with a fork before baking them.
  • You'll find the knives and forks in the left-hand drawer.
  • He prodded at the fish with his fork a few times, but he didn't eat a mouthful.
  • Your table manners are appalling - don't you know how to use a knife and fork?


uk /fɔːk/ us /fɔːrk/

fork verb (GARDEN)

[ T ] to move or dig something with a fork

(Definition of “fork” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fork" in American English

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forknoun [ C ]

us /fɔrk/

fork noun [ C ] (TOOL)

a common tool used in eating that usually has three or four stiff metal points attached to a handle:

The knives and forks go in the middle drawer.

fork noun [ C ] (DIVISION)

the place where a single thing divides into two or more parts, or one of the parts:

a fork in the road

forkverb [ I ]


to divide into two or more parts:

You’ll come to our house just before the road forks.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “fork” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)