Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having a fork; bifurcate.
  • adjective Shaped like or similar to a fork.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Formed into a forklike shape; having a fork; dividing into two or more prongs or branches; furcated; bifurcated; zigzag.
  • adjective Having a double meaning; ambiguous; equivocal.
  • adjective (Her.) a cross, the ends of whose arms are divided into two sharp points; -- called also cross double fitché. A cross forked of three points is a cross, each of whose arms terminates in three sharp points.
  • adjective [Obs.] advice pointing more than one way; ambiguous advice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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Examples

  • 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

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

    Fortune’s Fool

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

    Fortune’s Fool

  • 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

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  • 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

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

    July 1, 2009