- having prongs (often used in combination): a four-pronged fork.
Origin of pronged
- one of the pointed tines of a fork.
- any pointed, projecting part, as of an antler.
- a branch of a stream.
- Jewelry. a tapering metal projection, usually heavier than a claw, rising from the base of a jewelry setting and used to hold a stone in position as needed.Compare claw(def 7).
- to pierce or stab with or as if with a prong.
- to supply with prongs.
Origin of prong
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Examples from the Web for pronged
But it dodges out again like a wire worm through a three pronged fork.Last Words
Juliana Horatia Ewing
Even in the wild fly there is a three pronged mark on the thorax present in many individuals.A Critique of the Theory of Evolution
Thomas Hunt Morgan
A couple of pronged sticks are driven into the ground to serve as props for a horizontal bar.Rubber
Edith A. Browne
They run ort as tho Satun hisself was arter them with a red hot ten pronged pitchfork.The Complete Works of Artemus Ward
Charles Farrar Browne (AKA Artemus Ward)
Not a word was said; but as they advanced the troops opened fire with their jingalls and darted their pronged spears at them.The Three Midshipmen
- a sharply pointed end of an instrument, such as on a fork
- any pointed projecting part
- (tr) to prick or spear with or as if with a prong
Word Origin and History for pronged
early 15c., prange "pointed instrument;" mid-15c., pronge "pain," from Anglo-Latin pronga "prong, pointed tool," of unknown origin, perhaps related to Middle Low German prange "stick, restraining device," prangen "to press, pinch." See also prod, which might be related. Prong-horned antelope is from 1815 (short form pronghorn attested from 1826).