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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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  • Matt Peasley paused, with a forkful of provender halfway to his mouth.

    Cappy Ricks Peter B. Kyne
  • Going to the stable, I got a forkful of wet straw and carried it to my bonfire.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
  • My mind was on it all the time, and every forkful was placed with considerate care.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
  • He had a forkful of hay over the opening when he saw her below.

    The Hand Gerald Allan Sohl
  • The Holy Mother, full of pity for the poor animals, asked the master of the house to give them at least a forkful of hay.

  • After tasting his first forkful of food, he gasped, "And none of this ham!"

  • Dad tried a forkful of her food and went reeling into the kitchen to drink a gallon of milk.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
  • Sammy dug into his cold dinner and speared up a forkful, waiting for Freddy to finish swallowing.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • The old-fashioned, slow, hard work of lifting the hay by the forkful into the barn was no longer necessary.

Word Origin and History for forkful

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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