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[prohl, proh-lee]
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noun Informal.
  1. a member of the proletariat.
  2. a person who performs routine tasks in a society.
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  1. proletarian(def 1).
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Origin of prole

First recorded in 1885–90; shortened form of proletariat
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noun, adjective
  1. derogatory, slang, mainly British short for proletarian
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Word Origin and History for proles


"offspring," 1670s, from Latin proles "offspring, progeny" (see prolific).

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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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