How exactly do you say fork in Italian?
In this lesson, we will take a look at the different parts of a fork in Italian and you will even learn a few verbs related to this word. Read on to learn them all!
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How do you say fork in Italian?
Forchetta is how you translate fork into Italian.
It is a feminine noun, so it uses the articles la (definite, the fork), and una (indefinite, a fork).
Its pronunciation is similar to for-keht-tah and it comes from the Latin word furca.
La forchetta va a destra o a sinistra?
Does the fork go on the right or on the left?
Queste forchette sono sporche di sugo di pomodoro.
These forks are dirty with tomato sauce.
La forchetta cadde dal tavolo.
The fork fell off of the table.
The parts of a fork in Italian
The handle of a fork is translated as impugnatura, or manico. The first is a feminine word, while the second is masculine.
Il manico della forchetta è fatto di plastica.
The fork handle is made of plastic.
The tines of a fork also have two names: denti, most commonly meaning teeth, and rebbi, tines.
Denti comes from dente and is the word you will hear in the colloquial language.
Rebbi, coming from the singular rebbio, is the most accurate term but it’s very uncommon in the spoken language. I only ever found it in books.
I rebbi di questa forchetta sono tutti storti!
The tines of this fork are all bent!
Si è rotto un dente della forchetta.
A tine of the fork broke.
Common adjectives with fork in Italian
There are a number of materials a fork can be made of. The most common kinds of fork in Italian are:
Forchetta di plastica
Forchetta usa e getta
For example, you could say…
Dovremmo ridurre l’utilizzo delle forchette usa e getta per salvaguardare l’ambiente.
We should reduce the use of disposable forks to protect the environment.
Mia nonna è gelosissima del suo set di forchette d’argento.
My grandmother is extremely jealous of her set of silver forks.
Le forchette d’acciaio sono molto resistenti.
Steel forks are very durable.
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Verbs and expressions featuring a fork in Italian
Forchettata is a word that has two meanings in Italian.
It can translate forkful, and it can also mean a hit to someone’s poor skin with a fork.
Consider the examples:
Cristina si infilò in bocca una forchettata di spaghetti.
Cristina stuffed a forkful of spaghetti into her mouth.
Il bambino, offeso, diede una forchettata alla mano della sua vicina.
Offended, the child hit his neighbor’s hand with a fork.
Literally, the last example goes, “The child, offended, gave a forkful to his neighbor’s hand”. This doesn’t mean he’s offering a forkful of food to his neighboring mate…
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Forchetta can also be used figuratively in the expression essere una buona forchetta, which can be translated into English as to be a good eater or to be a foodie. There’s no direct translation for it, as the literal meaning is “to be a good fork”.
Essere una buona forchetta
To be a good eater
Leonardo è davvero una buona forchetta.
Leonardo is a really good eater.
So if you like eating, you are a good fork in Italian! 😉
And that’s it, now you know how to say fork in Italian!
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