Prong Definition

prông, prŏng
prongs
noun
Any pointed projecting part, as the tip of an antler.
Webster's New World
Any of the pointed ends of a fork; tine.
Webster's New World
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verb
To pierce, lift, or break up with a prong.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Prong

Noun

Singular:
prong
Plural:
prongs

Origin of Prong

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English pronge pointed instrument, pain from Medieval Latin pronga of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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