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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.
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 prongs
  • Two prongs pushed up from the end of the fragment, while one pushed down in the middle.
  • In his left hand is put his fork with the prongs downward, held near the top of the handle.
  • The swizzle itself has multiple prongs that extend from the bottom.
  • So we're making pretty good progress on our four prongs.
  • The same as with all of the other collars you see on the show, including prongs and choke chains.
  • The chokes and prongs are devices that cause pain, thus the dog submits because pain is induced.
  • Having it too large will hinder the prongs from closing properly and drive them into the neck and throat.
  • Stick the prongs into the wall and then twist the plug itself, using the handle-ridge along its back.
  • The plastic box covers the prongs and keeps them locked inside with a four digit combination.
  • After the fresh blood has been collected, it's thinned using a long stick with three prongs.
British Dictionary definitions for prongs


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 prongs



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 prongs



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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