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prexy

[prek-see]
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noun, plural prex·ies. Slang.
  1. a president, especially of a college or university.
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Also prex.

Origin of prexy

1855–60; prex (by shortening and alteration of president) + -y2
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Examples from the Web for prex

Historical Examples

  • And worse than all, inviting Prex into his room to have a cigar and a glass of Madeira!

    Mortmain

    Arthur Cheny Train

  • Outside of Prex himself, there wasn't a better-known figure in my time.

    Mortmain

    Arthur Cheny Train

  • Look, Prex, I know this is a big favor to ask, but it's on the level.

    Bear Trap

    Alan Edward Nourse

  • In a moment he heard a receiver click off, and a familiar voice said, "Prex speaking."

    Bear Trap

    Alan Edward Nourse

  • Mariel's eyes shifted momentarily to Prex's stoney face, then back to Shandor, ghosts of fear creeping across his face.

    Bear Trap

    Alan Edward Nourse


Word Origin and History for prex

n.

U.S. college slang for president (of a college), 1828. As a Latin verb, it meant "a request, entreaty."

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prexy

n.

1871, slang extension of prex.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper