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

  • n. A large, long-handled fork with sharp, widely spaced prongs for lifting and pitching hay.
  • transitive v. To lift or toss with or as if with a pitchfork.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An agricultural tool comprising a fork attached to a long handle used for pitching hay or bales of hay high up onto a haystack.
  • v. To toss or carry with a pitchfork.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fork, or farming utensil, used in pitching hay, sheaves of grain, or the like.
  • transitive v. To pitch or throw with, or as with, a pitchfork.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To lift or throw with a pitchfork.
  • To put, throw, or thrust suddenly or abruptly into any position.
  • n. A fork for lifting and pitching hay or the like.
  • n. A tuning-fork.
  • n. plural Either Bidens cernua, the nodding bur-marigold, or B. frondosa, the black beggar-ticks: so called from the two prong-like awns of the adhesive achenes. See devil's-pitchforks.

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

  • n. a long-handled hand tool with sharp widely spaced prongs for lifting and pitching hay
  • v. lift with a pitchfork


Alteration (influenced by pichen, to throw) of Middle English pikforke : pik, pick; see pick2 or pik, spike; see pike5 + forke, fork; see fork.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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