Definition of pitchfork in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpiCHˌfôrk/


A farm tool with a long handle and sharp metal prongs, used especially for lifting hay.
Example sentences
  • He arranged two lines of men with flails, clubs, pitchforks, sickles, and reaping hooks.
  • A couple of farm workers had collected pitchforks.
  • It does have some decent scenes of horror, including an impaling with a pitchfork and a sickle.


[with object]
1Lift with a pitchfork.
1.1Thrust (someone) suddenly into an unexpected and difficult situation: a woman of ordinary intellect pitchforked into power by circumstances
More example sentences
  • A year after he first played for New South Wales here at the SCG, he was pitchforked into the Australia team at 20.
  • And being suddenly pitchforked into that select group of classmates after twenty years away from such environment, I immediately felt at home and quickly realized I readily could keep up with the group.
  • That at once is pitchforking me into a full review of the whole of the case.


Late Middle English: from earlier pickfork, influenced by the verb pitch1 (because the tool is used for “pitching” or throwing sheaves onto a stack).

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Syllabification: pitch·fork

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