Origin of prof
An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; by shortening
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Examples from the Web for prof
At this point, we might want to offer the Prof a cold compress, along with an eye roll.Atheist King Richard Dawkins’ Rape Fantasy
July 31, 2014
Is it really, as the prof intends, a radical challenge to gender norms?Meet the Professor of Hairy Studies
July 9, 2014
Prof Sir Mervyn King, the present Governor of the Bank of England, will be a hard act to follow.Canada Comes to the Rescue of Great Britain, Again
November 28, 2012
“He saved the Czech language with his radio show,” the prof said.Josef Skvorecky, in Memoriam
January 18, 2012
The Prof looks like he was being offered a live rattlesnake.
Pete looks at the thing in his hand, and the Prof and I go over there.
You didn't think I had it in me to take it so seriously, did you, Prof?
I only wish I was the prof, now, I'd change places quickly enough.Stanford Stories
Charles K. Field
So he went back and helped Ben get out the prof's car, and drove the same to the prof's.Free Air
- informal short for professor
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Word Origin and History for prof
colloquial shortening of professor, attested by 1838.
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