Prof vs Professor - What's the difference?

prof | professor |

Prof is a synonym of professor.


As nouns the difference between prof and professor

is that prof is (informal) a professor while professor is a teacher or faculty member at a college or university.

prof

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • (informal) A professor
  • * {{quote-news, year=1988, date=June 17, author=Harold Henderson, title=Big Ideas, work=Chicago Reader citation
  • , passage=He assumes a monotone: "'Yeah, I went to Southern.' 'Yeah, I majored in psych.' 'Yeah, I had a couple of profs who were interesting.'" }} ----

    professor

    Alternative forms

    * professour (archaic)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A teacher or faculty member at a college or university.
  • A higher ranking for a teacher or faculty member at a college or university. Abbreviated
  • An honorific title for a higher ranking teacher. (Capitalised)
  • Professor Plum'' or ''Prof. Plum .
  • (archaic) One who professes.
  • * 1897 , Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers (transl.) The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage'', Introduction, p. ''v :
  • This period in which Abraham the Jew lived was one in which Magic was almost universally believed in, and in which its Professors were held in honour;
  • (US, slang) A pianist in a saloon, brothel, etc.
  • * 2006 , Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day , Vintage 2007, p. 415:
  • You could hear [...] pianos under the hands of whorehouse professors sounding like they came with keys between the keys.
  • The puppeteer who performs a Punch and Judy show; a Punchman.
  • Synonyms

    * prof

    Derived terms

    * adjunct professor * assistant professor * associate professor * full professor * professorial * professoriate * professorly * professorship