Origin of professor
Examples from the Web for professorial
Carroll, 56, has a professorial look about him, with a salt and pepper Ken Burns-style haircut, a beard and rimless glasses.
When he speaks he is casual and spontaneous, as if talking to an old friend, but can also at times still have a professorial tone.
Paul was professorial, with his history and geopolitical lessons on Islam.Ted’s Excellent Adventure: How Cruz Rocked the Value Voters Summit|Michelle Cottle|October 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He was professorial, elliptical, vague, abstract; Romney appeared plausible, concerned, compassionate, and energetic.
When Obama dispenses with that dread sobriquet “professorial,” he does it by being, well, more professorial.
The boldness of his original essays provided them with food for comment in a manner dear to the professorial heart.Sir James Young Simpson and Chloroform (1811-1870)|Henry Laing Gordon
In 1838, Doctor Holmes accepted his first professorial position, and became professor of anatomy and physiology at Dartmouth.The Arena|Various
Then one would have professorial government, and Upsala would be—no, not the professors!The Growth of a Soul|August Strindberg
"Col," I heard the professorial people—from Oberlin—speak the name.The Spell of Scotland|Keith Clark
The same king endowed three professorial chairs with ₱ 10,000 each.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
British Dictionary definitions for professorial
Word Origin for professor
Word Origin and History for professorial (1 of 2)
late 14c., "one who teaches a branch of knowledge," from Old French professeur (14c.) and directly from Latin professor "person who professes to be an expert in some art or science; teacher of highest rank," agent noun from profiteri "lay claim to, declare openly" (see profess). As a title prefixed to a name, it dates from 1706. Short form prof is recorded from 1838.
Professor. One professing religion. This canting use of the word comes down from the Elizabethan period, but is obsolete in England. [Thornton, "American Glossary," 1912]