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[proof-reed] /ˈprufˌrid/
verb (used with object), proofread
[proof-red] /ˈprufˌrɛd/ (Show IPA),
proofreading [proof-ree-ding] /ˈprufˌri dɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
to read (printers' proofs, copy, etc.) in order to detect and mark errors to be corrected.
verb (used without object), proofread
[proof-red] /ˈprufˌrɛd/ (Show IPA),
proofreading [proof-ree-ding] /ˈprufˌri dɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
to read printers' proofs, copy, etc., to detect and mark errors, especially as an employee of a typesetting firm, newspaper office, or publishing house.
Origin of proofread
1930-35; back formation from proofreader (see proof, read1)
Related forms
proofreader, noun
unproofread [uhn-proof-red] /ʌnˈprufˌrɛd/ (Show IPA), adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for proofreader
Historical Examples
  • Joans eyes widened and she opened her mouth to speak, but the proofreader grabbed her elbow.

    Joan of the Journal Helen Diehl Olds
  • Is that not the business of the author, the editor, and the proofreader?

    Punctuation Frederick W. Hamilton
  • W R fired three copyboys and a proofreader he was so mad at himself.

  • The proofreader on a paper of large circulation is an example.

    The Book of Courage John Thomson Faris
  • Joan wanted him to be careful how he worded his conversation to Dummy, lest the proofreader guess himself to be under suspicion.

    Joan of the Journal Helen Diehl Olds
  • Any questions which then arise lie between the author and the proofreader.

    Division of Words Frederick W. Hamilton
  • If any questions are to be raised they should be discussed by the proofreader with the author.

    Punctuation Frederick W. Hamilton
  • The technical phases of the proofreader's work; reading, marking, revising, etc.; methods of handling proofs and copy.

    The Uses of Italic Frederick W. Hamilton
  • A complete list of proofreader's signs can be found in the back of any large dictionary.

  • Questions of correctness and conformity to style belong not to him but to the copy editor and proofreader.

    Compound Words Frederick W. Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for proofreader


verb -reads, -reading, -read (-ˌrɛd)
to read (copy or printer's proofs) to detect and mark errors to be corrected
Derived Forms
proofreader, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for proofreader

also proof-reader, 1808, from proof (n.) in the typographical sense + reader.



also proof-read, 1878, back-formation from proofreader. Related: Proofread; Proofreading.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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