[prohl, proh-lee]

noun Informal.

a member of the proletariat.
a person who performs routine tasks in a society.


Origin of prole

First recorded in 1885–90; shortened form of proletariat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for prole

proletariat, proles, workfolk, workpeople

Examples from the Web for prole

Historical Examples of prole

  • "He's a Prole named Yandragno, sir," one of the policemen said.

    Time Crime

    H. Beam Piper

  • They reported to a woman named Farilla, who ran a fortune-telling parlor in the Prole district.

    Time Crime

    H. Beam Piper

  • It's safer to kill a Citizen than bloody a Prole's nose; they have all sorts of laws to protect them.

    Time Crime

    H. Beam Piper

British Dictionary definitions for prole


noun, adjective

derogatory, slang, mainly British short for proletarian
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Word Origin and History for prole

short for proletarian (n.), 1887 (G.B. Shaw); popularized by George Orwell's 1949 novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four." As an adjective from 1938. Related: Proly (adj.); prolier-than-thou.

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