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[fawrk-foo l] /ˈfɔrk fʊl/
noun, plural forkfuls.
the amount a fork can hold.
Origin of forkful
1635-45; fork + -ful, probably on the model of spoonful
Usage note
See -ful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for forkful
  • We eat it by the forkful, traditionally with sides of dill pickles, coffee and donuts.
  • Cautiously, she rolls up a forkful of pasta and dips it in the sauce.
  • Creamed spinach, though, needs to be wrung of cream before a forkful can safely be lifted to the mouth.
  • But it is so heavy that a single forkful sent shivers down my spine.
Word Origin and History for forkful

1640s; see fork (n.) + -ful.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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