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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pitchforkverb

    a long-handled hand tool with sharp widely spaced prongs for lifting and pitching hay

  2. pitchfork, forkverb

    lift with a pitchfork

    "pitchfork hay"


  1. pitchforknoun

    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. pitchforkverb

    To toss or carry with a pitchfork.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pitchforknoun

    A fork with which corn is thrown upon the waggon.

    Etymology: pitch and fork.

    An old lord in Leicestershire amused himself with mending pitchforks and spades for his tenants gratis. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Pitchfork

    A pitchfork (also a hay fork) is an agricultural tool with a long handle and two to five tines used to lift and pitch or throw loose material, such as hay, straw, manure, or leaves. The term is also applied colloquially, but inaccurately, to the garden fork. While similar in appearance, the garden fork is shorter and stockier than the pitchfork, with three or four thicker tines intended for turning or loosening the soil of gardens.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pitchforknoun

    a fork, or farming utensil, used in pitching hay, sheaves of grain, or the like

  2. Pitchforkverb

    to pitch or throw with, or as with, a pitchfork


  1. Pitchfork

    A pitchfork is an agricultural tool with a long handle and long, thin, widely separated pointed tines used to lift and pitch loose material, such as hay or leaves. Pitchforks typically have only three or four tines while dung forks have four or five, other types of fork even up to ten tines with different lengths and spacing depending on purpose. They are usually made of steel with a long wooden handle, but may also be made from wood, wrought iron, bamboo, alloy etc. In some parts of England a pitchfork is known as a prong and, in parts of Ireland, a sprong refers to a 4 pronged pitchfork. The pitchfork is similar to the shorter and sturdier garden fork. The pitchfork and scythes has frequently been used as a weapon by those who couldn't afford or didn't have access to more expensive weapons such as swords, or, later, guns. As a result, pitchforks and scythes are stereotypically carried by angry mobs or gangs of enraged peasants. In Europe, the pitchfork was first used in the early Middle Ages, at about the same time as the harrow. The pitchfork was originally made entirely of wood; today, the tines are usually made of hard metal.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Pitchfork

    A fork for pitching hay; also one for determining the correct pitch of a musical note.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Pitchfork in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Pitchfork in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Pitchfork in a Sentence

  1. Horace:

    Naturam expellas furca, tamen usque revenit. (You may drive nature out with a pitchfork, she will nevertheless come back.)

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