pitchfork

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Pitchfork next to a compost bin

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English pichfork, pycchefork, pychforke, pikeforke, pikkforke, pic-forcke, equivalent to pitch +‎ fork.

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Noun[edit]

pitchfork (plural pitchforks)

  1. An agricultural tool comprising a fork attached to a long handle used for pitching hay or bales of hay high up onto a haystack.
  2. (rare) A tuning fork.
    • 1988, Tony Trischka, ‎Pete Wernick, Masters of the 5-String Banjo: In Their Own Words and Music (page 400)
      I went around with a pitchfork [tuning fork] in my pocket, and I'd hit it whenever I thought of it, and I developed perfect pitch []

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Verb[edit]

pitchfork (third-person singular simple present pitchforks, present participle pitchforking, simple past and past participle pitchforked)

  1. (transitive) To toss or carry with a pitchfork.
    The hay was soon pitchforked onto the wagon.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To throw suddenly.
    • 1925, Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons, The Parliamentary Debates, Official Report
      We have taken an age-old country, and we have suddenly, in 30 years, pitchforked it into the middle of the factory system.

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