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
- n. A fork for lifting and pitching hay or the like.
- n. A tuning-fork.
- To lift or throw with a pitchfork.
- To put, throw, or thrust suddenly or abruptly into any position.
- 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)