- 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 (“stick, restraining device”), from prangen (“to press, pinch”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)preng (“to wrap up, constrict”), akin to Lithuanian springstù (“to choke, become choked or obstructed”), Latvian sprañgât (“cord, constrict”), Ancient Greek σπαργανόω (sparganóō, “to swaddle”), σπάργανον (spárganon, “swaddling cloth”).