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[prawngd, prongd] /prɔŋd, prɒŋd/
having prongs (often used in combination):
a four-pronged fork.
Origin of pronged
First recorded in 1760-70; prong + -ed3


[prawng, prong] /prɔŋ, prɒŋ/
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).
verb (used with object)
to pierce or stab with or as if with a prong.
to supply with prongs.
1400-50; late Middle English pronge, prange pain, affliction, pointed instrument; akin to Old Swedish prang gorge, narrow street, Middle Low German prange stake, prangen to press, Gothic anaprangan to oppress
2. hook, tooth, spur. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for pronged
Historical Examples
  • 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 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 W.H.G. Kingston
  • These rods were pronged branches, sometimes of willow, but preferably of witch-hazel or wild cherry.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh

    Edith Eudora Kohl
  • The man in the punt was busy catching eels with a pronged pole, tipped with iron.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
  • Its jaws, pronged like antlers, projected two yards before its huge, faceted eyes.

    Planet of Dread Murray Leinster
  • The pronged salmon spear is driven into the fleshy shoulders of the fish, when it is hauled out on to the bank.

  • With a pronged implement that they had given him, he set to work to mash the food into as soft a mass as possible.

    The Martian Allen Glasser
British Dictionary definitions for pronged


a sharply pointed end of an instrument, such as on a fork
any pointed projecting part
(transitive) to prick or spear with or as if with a prong
Derived Forms
pronged, adjective
Word Origin
C15: related to Middle Low German prange a stake, Gothic anaprangan to afflict
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for pronged



The penis; prick


To do the sex act to or with; screw: every guy who had ever pronged her (1969+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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