[prog]British Slang.
  1. food or victuals.

Origin of prog

First recorded in 1560–70; origin uncertain


Prog. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of prog

Historical Examples of prog

  • With one accord a general rush was made upon the hampers of prog.

    Jack Hinton

    Charles James Lever

  • "We'll be lighting the fire while you get the prog," they assured her.

  • Each of those means two shillings that we owe the old gentleman for our prog.


    George Manville Fenn

  • I slew him, and you cant get provisions from him any more, while with me there will always be plenty of prog.

    Nasby in Exile

    David R. Locke

  • Ayn't you lucky boys, to have reg'lar work like this, and the best of prog!


    Benjamin Disraeli

British Dictionary definitions for prog


verb progs, progging or progged
  1. (intr) British slang, or dialect to prowl about for or as if for food or plunder
  1. British slang, or dialect food obtained by begging
  2. Canadian dialect a Newfoundland word for food

Word Origin for prog

C17: of unknown origin


  1. short for proctor (def. 1)
verb progs, progging or progged
  1. (tr) (of a proctor) to discipline (a student)


  1. informal short for programme, esp a television programme


abbreviation for
  1. programme
  2. progress
  3. progressive


abbreviation for
  1. Progressive (Party, movement, etc)
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Word Origin and History for prog

1958, colloquial shortening of progressive (q.v.). Earlier it was British student slang for proctor (1890) and earlier still a cant word for "food, provisions" (1650s), perhaps from verb prog "to poke about" (1610s), of unknown origin, perhaps related to prod (v.). Related: Progged; progging.

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