forklift [fawrk-lift] Word Origin noun
- Also called forklift truck, fork truck. a small vehicle with two power-operated prongs at the front that can be slid under heavy loads and then raised for moving and stacking materials in warehouses, shipping depots, etc.
verb (used with object)
- to move or stack by forklift.
Origin of forklift First recorded in 1940–45;+ British Dictionary definitions for fork-lift truck fork-lift truck noun
- a vehicle having two power-operated horizontal prongs that can be raised and lowered for loading, transporting, and unloading goods, esp goods that are stacked on wooden palletsSometimes shortened to: forklift
Word Origin and History for fork-lift truck forklift n.
also fork-lift (truck), 1946, from(n.) + (n.).