[ prawng, prong ]
See synonyms for: prongprongedpronging on

  1. one of the pointed tines of a fork.

  2. any pointed, projecting part, as of an antler.

  1. a branch of a stream.

  2. 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)
  1. to pierce or stab with or as if with a prong.

  2. to supply with prongs.

Origin of prong

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

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British Dictionary definitions for prong


/ (prɒŋ) /

  1. a sharply pointed end of an instrument, such as on a fork

  2. any pointed projecting part

  1. (tr) to prick or spear with or as if with a prong

Origin of prong

C15: related to Middle Low German prange a stake, Gothic anaprangan to afflict

Derived forms of prong

  • pronged, adjective

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