Definition of pitchfork noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpɪtʃfɔːk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪtʃfɔːrk//
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a farm tool in the shape of a large fork with a long handle and two or three sharp metal points, used especially for lifting and moving hay (= dried grass), etc. Word Originlate Middle English: from earlier pickfork, influenced by the verb pitch (because the tool is used for “pitching” or throwing sheaves on to a stack).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pitchfork