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See also: Prog, próg, and prog.



Etymology 1[edit]



prog (not comparable)

  1. Abbreviation of progressive.
    • 2003, Frank Moriarty, Seventies Rock: The Decade of Creative Chaos
      Captain Beyond had tentatively dipped their toe in the uncharted American waters of prog rock, but in England, progression was the name of the game, with a host of bands elevating themselves []


prog (plural progs)

  1. (informal, music) Progressive rock.
    He listens to a lot of prog.
  2. (computing, informal) A program.
    • 2001, "", transfer progs from comp to comp (on newsgroup 24hoursupport.helpdesk)
      [] is there some way to connect to my new comp so I can transfer some of the software progs []
    • 2001, "Yoda", How do I get progs to run when linux 7.1 starts up? (on newsgroup linux.redhat)
    • 2003, "Leo Edwards", Automating the Windows backup prog to commence backups? (on newsgroup microsoft.public.win98.apps)
      I've looked around if I can get the prog to start a backup itself, but it still requires some manual commands.
  3. (Britain, college slang, dated) A proctor.
  4. (informal, politics) A progressive.
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

A variant of proke.


prog (countable and uncountable, plural progs)

  1. (slang, obsolete) Victuals got by begging, or vagrancy; victuals of any kind; food; supplies.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Jonathan Swift to this entry?)
  2. (slang, obsolete) A vagrant beggar; a tramp.
  3. (obsolete) A pointed instrument.


prog (third-person singular simple present progs, present participle progging, simple past and past participle progged)

  1. (obsolete, slang) To wander about and beg; to seek food or other supplies by low arts; to seek advantage by mean tricks.
    • Fuller
      a perfect artist in progging for money
    • Burke
      I have been endeavouring to prog for you.
  2. (obsolete, slang) To steal; to rob; to filch.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Johnson to this entry?)
  3. (Scotland) To prick; to goad; to progue.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for prog in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


Lower Sorbian[edit]


From Proto-Slavic *porgъ. Cognate with Upper Sorbian próh, Polish próg, Czech práh, Old Church Slavonic прагъ (pragŭ, doorpost), Russian поро́г (poróg).



prog m

  1. threshold (bottom-most part of a doorway that one crosses to enter)


Further reading[edit]

  • prog in Manfred Starosta (1999): Dolnoserbsko-nimski słownik / Niedersorbisch-deutsches Wörterbuch. Bautzen: Domowina-Verlag.