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fess3

or fes·sor

[fes or fes-er]
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noun Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
  1. a teacher.
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Origin of fess3

shortening of professor
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Examples from the Web for fessor

Historical Examples

  • I believe it began that very night Fessor put me in the basket.

    The Story of Scraggles

    George Wharton James

  • Fessor laughed at me and said: “You poor, scared little thing!”

    The Story of Scraggles

    George Wharton James

  • The Fessor now tells the pathetic remainder of the interesting tale.

    The Story of Scraggles

    George Wharton James

  • By the side of the desk, on the left, was a great tall case full of what the Fessor called books.

    The Story of Scraggles

    George Wharton James

  • I was going to tell you about the way Fessor laughed when I tried to spruce up and preen my feathers.

    The Story of Scraggles

    George Wharton James


British Dictionary definitions for fessor

fess

verb
  1. (intr foll by up) informal, mainly US to make a confession
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Word Origin

C19: shortened from confess
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Word Origin and History for fessor

fess

v.

shortened form of confess, attested by 1840, American English. Related: Fessed; fesses; fessing.

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fess

n.

"white horizontal band across an escutcheon," late 15c., from Old French faisce, from Latin fascia (see fasces).

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