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prexy

[prek-see] /ˈprɛk si/
noun, plural prexies. Slang.
1.
a president, especially of a college or university.
Also, prex.
Origin of prexy
1855-1860
1855-60; prex (by shortening and alteration of president) + -y2
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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
  • Look, prex, I know this is a big favor to ask, but it's on the level.

    Bear Trap Alan Edward Nourse
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
Word Origin and History for prex
n.

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

prexy

n.

1871, slang extension of prex.

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

prex

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pres

Prexy

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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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