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pronged

[prawngd, prongd]
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adjective
  1. having prongs (often used in combination): a four-pronged fork.
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Origin of pronged

First recorded in 1760–70; prong + -ed3

prong

[prawng, prong]
noun
  1. one of the pointed tines of a fork.
  2. any pointed, projecting part, as of an antler.
  3. a branch of a stream.
  4. 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).
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verb (used with object)
  1. to pierce or stab with or as if with a prong.
  2. to supply with prongs.
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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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2. hook, tooth, spur.
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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


British Dictionary definitions for pronged

prong

noun
  1. a sharply pointed end of an instrument, such as on a fork
  2. any pointed projecting part
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verb
  1. (tr) to prick or spear with or as if with a prong
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Derived Formspronged, 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

prong

n.

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).

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