Main definitions of prob in English

: prob1prob2

prob1

noun

informal
  • A problem.

    ‘there's no prob’
    • ‘Two probs, tho: it's a bit of a nerdy manoeuvre, and I don't know any big words.’
    • ‘It had been an odd and worrying day, and sleeping was a bit of a prob.’
    • ‘Oh yeah, I've got this jet lag thing beat, no probs.’
    • ‘It's at that point that I just shake my head and worry you're going to get a heart attack to add to all the rest of the probs.’
    • ‘She convinces him to spend a month with her so she can help him work through some unresolved issues - you know, personal probs.’
    • ‘He'll happily hear you out for hours on end and then help you work out the perfect solutions to all your probs.’
    • ‘I've got them mostly switched off now for other reasons, but with the MySQL thing installed they were running pretty smoothly and error 500 probs were reduced to a minimum.’
    • ‘I know this is, like, the third or fourth time I have talked about it, but I am having probs with the colour of my kitchen cupboards.’
    • ‘What I'd like to see is what the prospective leader of the Conservatives is going to do about the real probs of society and nothing either of them have said has impressed me.’
    • ‘But if you want solutions to your probs, your pal could come in handy in that department too.’
    • ‘But Lola isn't concerned, fired-up Aries, because you rarely have probs staying on top of your game.’
    • ‘It's great for moms and daughters to be close, but adult probs should not be dumped on kids' shoulders.’
    • ‘She probably has probs that have nothing to do with you.’
    • ‘You hate to let your girl down, but you're proud of your ‘math nerd’ side - you get A's solving even the toughest probs.’
    • ‘Of course, there are privacy probs when you have so many people trying to use the bathroom.’
    • ‘A lower BMI puts you at risk for other probs, like anemia.’
    • ‘No probs if you're a mere punk rock beginner, the authors have helpfully included a list of good compilations, and a handy discography for those who want to delve a little deeper musically.’
    • ‘But you'd likely have other annoying probs, such as unexplained weight loss or being hungry all the time.’
    • ‘And it's cool to have someone to share the gripes and probs of growing up.’
    • ‘Grinding can cause serious probs - broken or cracked teeth, gum problems, tooth sensitivity and even loose teeth.’
    difficulty, issue, trouble, worry, complication, difficult situation, mess, muddle, mix-up
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Origin

Early 18th century: originally a standard written abbreviation; a colloquial usage since the 1930s.

Pronunciation

prob

/prɒb/

Main definitions of prob in English

: prob1prob2

prob2

(also probs)

adverb

informal
  • Probably.

    ‘she prob looks lovely without make-up’
    ‘they probs had no choice’
    ‘Likely? Prob not’
    • ‘She had a baby four weeks ago so she prob still has a baby gut.’
    • ‘Wow there's a lot of nasty ppl out there who she prob wouldn't look twice at!’
    • ‘Secret marriage is prob the worst idea.’
    • ‘She prob can't wait to drop them off with the nannies.’
    • ‘He's prob changing his outfit 400 times like his mother.’
    in all likelihood, in all probability, as likely as not, very likely, most likely, likely, as like as not, ten to one, the chances are, doubtless, no doubt, all things considered, taking all things into consideration, all things being equal, possibly, perhaps, maybe, it may be, presumably, on the face of it, apparently
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Origin

Mid 18th century (as prob): originally a standard written abbreviation.

Pronunciation

prob

/prɒb/