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pronged

[prawngd, prongd] /prɔŋd, prɒŋd/
adjective
1.
having prongs (often used in combination):
a four-pronged fork.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; prong + -ed3

prong

[prawng, prong] /prɔŋ, prɒŋ/
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).
verb (used with object)
5.
to pierce or stab with or as if with a prong.
6.
to supply with prongs.
Origin
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
Synonyms
2. hook, tooth, spur.
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British Dictionary definitions for pronged

prong

/prɒŋ/
noun
1.
a sharply pointed end of an instrument, such as on a fork
2.
any pointed projecting part
verb
3.
(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

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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Slang definitions & phrases for pronged

prong

noun

The penis; prick

verb

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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