Middle English Dictionary Entry

Formsforken v.
EtymologyFrom forke n.

Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

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(a) To branch or divide into two or more parts, to be forked; (b) two-forked, double ~, two tined, two-pronged; (c) fig. to disagree, to be inconsistent [cp. forking].

Associated quotations

  • (c1387-95)ChaucerCT.Prol.(Manly-Rickert)A.270: A marchant was ther with a forked berd.
  • (a1398) *Trev.Barth.(Add 27944)47b/a: Þe tonges of Addres ben..swift in þat on tonge semeþ Iforked & twistid [L bifurcari videatur].
  • (a1398) *Trev.Barth.(Add 27944)149a/a: Here..tailes beþ forked as a peyre scheres.
  • a1400(a1325)Cursor(Vsp A.3)18843: Forked fair þe chin he bare And tender berd wit mikel hare.
  • a1400Lanfranc(Ashm 1396)158/21: Þat oþere partie of þe veyne passiþ to þe arm-hoolis, & þere he is forkid.
  • a1425 *Medulla(Stnh A.1.10)29b/b: Furcatus: forked.
  • ?a1425 *Chauliac(1)(NY 12)9b/b: Þise vessels bene forked, And one party goþ vpward & anoþer donward.
  • a1475(?a1430)Lydg.Pilgr.(Vit C.13)11903: Ther ys weye noon so ryht That yt ne fforketh out asyde By many pathys that yt devyde.
  • a1400Lanfranc(Ashm 1396)280/20: If þe stoon be ij forkid [L diffurcatus] or cornerid.
  • ?a1425 *Chauliac(1)(NY 12)140b/a: Or drawe it [the tooth] out wiþ an eleuatorie symple or 2 forked [*Ch.(2): two forked].
  • a1475(?a1430)Lydg.Pilgr.(Vit C.13)14809: She hadde also a long flessh-hook, Double-fforkyd at the ende.
  • a1400(a1325)Cursor(Vsp A.3)16074: For in þair aun sagh þai said, oft-sith forkid [Göt: forkid; Trin-C: chaunged] þai.
  • a1475(?a1430)Lydg.Pilgr.(Vit C.13)11924: Out forkyd by entenciouns; As thus:..The mouth dyuerseth ffro the herte.
Med. (a) Of a tooth: to have points or cusps; (b) forked bon, the collar bone; (c) forked her, a hair affected in some manner by scab.

Associated quotations

  • (a1398) *Trev.Barth.(Add 27944)46a/b: Alle þese be Imored & rooted in þe iawes and ben somdel forked and twisted.
  • a1400Lanfranc(Ashm 1396)359/35: Of brekyng of þe forkid boon of þe brest.
  • a1425Gloss.Bibbesw.(AS 182)80: Bon forked [glossing AF os fourche].
  • ?c1425 *Chauliac(2)(Paris angl.25)7b/a: The 4 chapitre is of brekynge of the forked boon [*Ch.(1): furcle; L furcule] & of þe spawde bone and of all þe schulder bones.
  • c1450Med.Bk.(2)(Add 33996)98: Vse þis medicine, til alle forkede [Roy: forkid] heres ben pulled vp, and at euery time, þat þe cappe is remued, wasshe þe heued in warm pisse, and aftur shaue hit clene.
  • c1500Recipe MSS HMC(Hnt HU 1051)1.423: Use this medicyne til alle the forkyd herys be pulleyd up.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc. (sense 2.(b)), see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. forked bone.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

Note: Med., etc. (sense 2.(c)), see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. forked hair.

Fork Definitions




  1. indefiniteplural of fork

Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • fork, furke, forch, fourch


From Old Englishforce, from Proto-West Germanic*furkō, from Latinfurca; also influenced by Anglo-Normanforque and Old Frenchforche, both from the same Latin word.


  • IPA(key): /ˈfɔrk(ə)/, /ˈfɔrtʃ(ə)/


forke (pluralforkes or forken)

  1. A fork or graip(implement used for digging).
  2. (Late Middle English) A fork-shapedfireiron.
  3. (Late Middle English,anatomy) A point, spike, or projection on a bone or tooth.
  4. A gibbet or gallows.
  5. (rare,Late Middle English) A fork(piece of cutlery).
  6. (rare,Late Middle English) A forkedsupportingpole.

Derived terms[edit]



  • English: fork (see there for further descendants)
  • Scots: fork


  • “forke, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-04-24.

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