Just to show his poyse Joe took his fork out of his mouth and speered four pieces of bread across the table.
But he didn't pay the postage on his own letter, so that I had to fork out double.
That boy has the impudence—— 'fork out that cold mutton,' says he, 'I can't sleep with a hollow inside of me.
Idler or bungler, he is willing to fork out his penny and pocket your shilling.
I bought a whole big packet on the understanding that I should have a fortnight to fork out.
I guess we shall all have to fork out money for new dresses.
Will you come if I can get the aunt to fork out twenty quid?
While I'm about it I might as well do the fencing and fork out the sods for a garden patch.
Some guys minds it, 'n' then they don't like t' unbutton their coats 'n' fork out a penny fer a paper.
"And fork out somefink on account, Miss," oozed from his brother.
Old English forca "forked instrument used by torturers," a Germanic borrowing (cf. Old Norse forkr) from Latin furca "pitchfork; fork used in cooking," of uncertain origin.
Table forks were not generally used in England until 15c. The word is first attested in this sense in English in a will of 1463, probably from Old North French forque (Old French furche, Modern French fourche), from the Latin word. Of rivers, from 1753; of roads, from 1839.
"to divide in branches, go separate ways" (early 14c.), from fork (n.). Related: Forked; forking. The slang verb phrase fork up (or out) "give over" is from 1831.
To pay; give; contribute: Fork up the cash/ I imagine he used a picture to make you fork over the dough (first form 1835+)