- 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
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Examples from the Web for prole
"He's a Prole named Yandragno, sir," one of the policemen said.
They reported to a woman named Farilla, who ran a fortune-telling parlor in the Prole district.
It's safer to kill a Citizen than bloody a Prole's nose; they have all sorts of laws to protect them.
- derogatory, slang, mainly British short for proletarian
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper