from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Containing or characterized by a fork: a forked river.
  • adj. Shaped like or similar to a fork: forked lightning; a forked tail.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That splits into two or more directions, or parts.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of fork.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Formed into a forklike shape; having a fork; dividing into two or more prongs or branches; furcated; bifurcated; zigzag.
  • adj. Having a double meaning; ambiguous; equivocal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a fork or bifurcation; separating into diverging parts like the tines of a fork.
  • Ambiguous; equivocal.
  • Pointed, or prolonged to a point: as, forked shoes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. resembling a fork; divided or separated into two branches
  • adj. having two meanings with intent to deceive


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  • III. iii.276 (443,9) forked plague] In allusion to a _barbed_ or _forked_ arrow, which, once infixed, cannot be extracted.

    Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies

  • Having paid Carey over $15 million for Glitter, the label forked out an additional $28 million to void the remaining contract.

    Fortune’s Fool

  • This is what I call a forked reading because you can see that the possible futures "- I tapped the Three of Swords and the Nine of Pentacles -" are wildly split.

    The Empress File

  • To start with, there are the animals that die after getting their necks caught in forked branches, as has been recorded for both giraffes and deer.

    Archive 2006-05-01

  • The regulars triangulate their positions using landmarks invisible to the casual anglers: a certain forked tree, a faded white sign that once warned of dangerous currents, a particular stone on the Virginia side known as the Lowell Rock.

    Fletcher's Boathouse

  • The thunder pealed, and the lightning lit the sky in forked darts.

    Mates at Billabong

  • In the following year the antlers take the form shown in Fig. 4, and then follows the antler shown in Fig. 5, _a_, which generally has "forks" in place of points, and is known as forked antler in contradistinction to the point antler shown in Fig. 5, _b_, which retains the shape of the antler, Fig. 4, but has additional or intermediate prongs or branches.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 344, August 5, 1882

  • The great "rivers that divide themselves in two" are many in that valley, and no one can be certain of the identity of that river "called the forked" mentioned in the "relation" of Radisson, which had "two branches, one towards the west, the other towards the south," and, as the travellers believed, ran toward Mexico.

    The French in the Heart of America

  • This, which I have called forked Donkia, * [Its elevation by my observations is about 21,870 feet.] is the termination of a magnificent amphitheatre of stupendous snow-clad precipices, continuously upwards of 20,000 feet high, that forms the east flank of the upper Lachoong.

    Himalayan Journals — Complete

  • I think that this man speaks with a "forked" tongue.

    McCain to vote against Sotomayor


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  • forked = to have plastic forks stuck in one's lawn as a practical joke.

    July 1, 2009

  • Past participle of the verb "fork," I imagine, meaning, "to be assaulted with a tined utensil." As in, "She forked you pretty good, man."

    December 12, 2006