noun Informal.

Origin of prof

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; by shortening

Prof. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prof

Contemporary Examples of prof

Historical Examples of prof

  • The Prof looks like he was being offered a live rattlesnake.


    Edward G. Robles

  • Pete looks at the thing in his hand, and the Prof and I go over there.


    Edward G. Robles

  • You didn't think I had it in me to take it so seriously, did you, Prof?

  • I only wish I was the prof, now, I'd change places quickly enough.

    Stanford Stories

    Charles K. Field

  • So he went back and helped Ben get out the prof's car, and drove the same to the prof's.

    Free Air

    Sinclair Lewis

British Dictionary definitions for prof



informal short for professor


abbreviation for

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for prof

colloquial shortening of professor, attested by 1838.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper