- 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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Related Words for prongedsharp, barbed, acute, pointed, prick, injure, wound, punch, hurt, stick, jab, peaked, keen, acuminate, fine, cornered, salient, tapering, gnawing
Examples from the Web for pronged
Historical Examples of 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 for prong
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).