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[prohl, proh-lee] /proʊl, ˈproʊ li/
noun, Informal.
a member of the proletariat.
a person who performs routine tasks in a society.
proletarian (def 1).
Origin of prole
First recorded in 1885-90; shortened form of proletariat Unabridged
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  • "He's a prole named Yandragno, sir," one of the policemen said.

    Time Crime H. Beam Piper
  • They reported to a woman named Farilla, who ran a fortune-telling parlor in the prole district.

    Time Crime H. Beam Piper
  • It's safer to kill a Citizen than bloody a prole's nose; they have all sorts of laws to protect them.

    Time Crime H. Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for prole


noun, adjective
(derogatory, slang, mainly Brit) short for proletarian
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Word Origin and History for prole

short for proletarian (n.), 1887 (G.B. Shaw); popularized by George Orwell's 1949 novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four." As an adjective from 1938. Related: Proly (adj.); prolier-than-thou.

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Slang definitions & phrases for prole



A member of the lower or working class: Chez Tom Wolfe proles, for example, wear new down coats

[1887+; fr proletarian, ''member of the working class,'' ultimately fr Latin; popularized by George Orwell's 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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