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[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.
Origin of prong
late Middle English
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
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Examples from the web for prong
  • Three-prong grounded extensions cords must be used with tools and appliances that have three prongs.
  • If you are considering a multi-prong travel adapter, be sure to check the countries that are covered.
  • Three-prong extension cords are the only ones to use.
  • The third prong provides a path to ground along which the electric current travels.
  • Describes a two-prong inservice program to be led by counselors.
  • The device has a three-prong plug built into the back and a three-prong receptacle on one side.
  • The commercial interest prong asks whether the request is primarily in the commercial interest of the requester.
  • The seat is attached to a five-prong metal pedestal base by a one-inch wide steel rod.
  • There are two wheel casters on each prong of the pedestal base.
British Dictionary definitions for prong


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 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).

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Slang definitions & phrases for prong



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.
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