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[prog]British Slang.
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verb (used without object), progged, prog·ging.
  1. to search or prowl about, as for plunder or food; forage.
  1. food or victuals.

Origin of prog

First recorded in 1560–70; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for progged

Historical Examples

  • And the Dean progged with his stick in the direction of the centre of the globe.

    Yorkshire Oddities, Incidents and Strange Events

    S. Baring-Gould

  • Murphy progged his bayonet through the canvas, and sunk the deadly point of the instrument into the bag of potatoes.

British Dictionary definitions for progged


verb progs, progging or progged
  1. (intr) British slang, or dialect to prowl about for or as if for food or plunder
  1. British slang, or dialect food obtained by begging
  2. Canadian dialect a Newfoundland word for food

Word Origin

C17: of unknown origin


  1. short for proctor (def. 1)
verb progs, progging or progged
  1. (tr) (of a proctor) to discipline (a student)


  1. informal short for programme, esp a television programme
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Word Origin and History for progged


1958, colloquial shortening of progressive (q.v.). Earlier it was British student slang for proctor (1890) and earlier still a cant word for "food, provisions" (1650s), perhaps from verb prog "to poke about" (1610s), of unknown origin, perhaps related to prod (v.). Related: Progged; progging.

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