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or prex

[prek-see] /ˈprɛk si/
noun, plural prexies. Slang.
a president, especially of a college or university.
Origin of prexy
1855-60; prex (by shortening and alteration of president) + -y2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Outside of prex himself, there wasn't a better-known figure in my time.

    Mortmain Arthur Cheny Train
  • And worse than all, inviting prex into his room to have a cigar and a glass of Madeira!

    Mortmain Arthur Cheny Train
  • The prex hired me to wait on him and keep his traps in order sometimes—when the other old ‘Boys’ would let him be ‘coddled.’

    Dorothy's Travels Evelyn Raymond
  • Look, prex, I know this is a big favor to ask, but it's on the level.

    Bear Trap Alan Edward Nourse
  • Never hooked a ham out of his smoke-house, either, I'll wager, and for the same reason— prex hasn't a smoke-house.

    Over the Plum Pudding John Kendrick Bangs
  • In a moment he heard a receiver click off, and a familiar voice said, "prex speaking."

    Bear Trap Alan Edward Nourse
  • Mariel's eyes shifted momentarily to prex's stoney face, then back to Shandor, ghosts of fear creeping across his face.

    Bear Trap Alan Edward Nourse
  • prex carefully took a small black case from his pocket, unsnapped a hinge, and a small, shiny instrument fell out in his hand.

    Bear Trap Alan Edward Nourse
  • prex pressed a stud on the side of the shiny instrument, and a purple flash caught Mariel's little finger.

    Bear Trap Alan Edward Nourse
Word Origin and History for prex

U.S. college slang for president (of a college), 1828. As a Latin verb, it meant "a request, entreaty."



1871, slang extension of prex.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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