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[prof] /prɒf/
noun, Informal.
Origin of prof
1830-40, Americanism; by shortening Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I was in the office when she came in for her card, and I heard the profs talking about her and saying she had some bean.

    Cloudy Jewel Grace Livingston Hill
  • Our placid tolerance of the profs included the books they gave us.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Jud is head of the physics department and I am one of the three profs under him.

    Tillie Roger Phillips Graham
  • The profs, at college always said I had the champion slow brain.

    Nothing But the Truth Frederic S. Isham
  • “I was only speaking figuratively, as the profs say,” laughed Bob.

  • We're blaming it all on the profs, and you know damn well that we don't study.

    The Plastic Age Percy Marks
  • It will show Princy and the other profs that we dont like the deal hes handing to us.

  • But most of the profs can't do anything more than spout a few facts that they've got out of books.

    The Plastic Age Percy Marks
  • Our Faculty had thirty-two profs and thirty-three pairs of spectacles.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
British Dictionary definitions for profs


(informal) short for professor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for profs



colloquial shortening of professor, attested by 1838.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Professor (1838+ College students)

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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profs in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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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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