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or fessor

[fes] /fɛs/
noun, Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
a teacher.
Origin of fess3
shortening of professor Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But sometimes that bothering old pen annoyed me, and I would seize it in my bill as fessor made it scratch on the paper.

    The Story of Scraggles George Wharton James
  • I believe it began that very night fessor put me in the basket.

    The Story of Scraggles George Wharton James
  • I was going to tell you about the way fessor laughed when I tried to spruce up and preen my feathers.

    The Story of Scraggles George Wharton James
  • The fessor now tells the pathetic remainder of the interesting tale.

    The Story of Scraggles George Wharton James
  • By the side of the desk, on the left, was a great tall case full of what the fessor called books.

    The Story of Scraggles George Wharton James
  • One day I got very cross with fessor for writing so much, and I determined to hide from him.

    The Story of Scraggles George Wharton James
  • fessor laughed at me and said: “You poor, scared little thing!”

    The Story of Scraggles George Wharton James
  • When fessor would turn up a great, big, long worm and I would try to swallow it, he would laugh at me so funnily.

    The Story of Scraggles George Wharton James
British Dictionary definitions for fessor


(informal, mainly US) (intransitive) foll by up. to make a confession
Word Origin
C19: shortened from confess
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fessor



shortened form of confess, attested by 1840, American English. Related: Fessed; fesses; fessing.


"white horizontal band across an escutcheon," late 15c., from Old French faisce, from Latin fascia (see fasces).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for fessor


verb phrase

To confess; admit the truth: Then why doesn't the judge come clean and fess up?/ He finally fessed up to something that I've known a long time (1840+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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