One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A utensil for eating fruit, having a two-pronged fork at one end and a spoon at the other.
- ‘Some of these sucket forks could be folded up and carried in one's pocket.’
- ‘He says that this piece is a derivative of the sucket forks of the 18th century.’
- ‘The sucket fork was wrought with two prongs at one end of the stem and a bowl at the other.’
- ‘It took its modern form in the 17th century with the introduction of the sucket fork, designed to convey sweetmeats to the mouth.’
- ‘She used a dainty silver instrument with fork tines on one end and a small spoon on the other - a sucket fork, to eat the sticky sweet fruits offered at dessert, piercing the fruit with the tines then sipping the sauce with the small spoon end of the instrument.’
Late 15th century: sucket, alteration of obsolete succate, variant of succade ‘sweetmeats’, of unknown origin.
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