- The definition of a prong is the pointed part of a fork, or a branch of something.
- One of the metal parts of an electrical plug is an example of a prong.
- An example of a prong is one of two sections into which a river divides.
- any of the pointed ends of a fork; tine
- any pointed projecting part, as the tip of an antler
Origin of prongLate Middle English pronge, akin to Middle Low German prangen, to press, pinch, German pranger, pillory
- A thin, pointed, projecting part: a pitchfork with four prongs.
- A branch; a fork: the two prongs of a river.
transitive verbpronged, prong·ing, prongs
Origin of prongMiddle English pronge, pointed instrument, pain, from Medieval Latin pronga, of Germanic origin.
From Middle English pronge, perhaps from Middle Low German prange (â€œstick, restraining deviceâ€), from prangen (â€œto press, pinchâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)preng (â€œto wrap up, constrictâ€), akin to Lithuanian springstÃ¹ (â€œto choke, become choked or obstructedâ€), Latvian spraÃ±gÃ¢t (â€œcord, constrictâ€), Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ€Î±ÏÎ³Î±Î½ÏŒÏ‰ (sparganÃ³Å, â€œto swaddleâ€), ÏƒÏ€Î¬ÏÎ³Î±Î½Î¿Î½ (spÃ¡rganon, â€œswaddling clothâ€).