Main definitions of prob in English

: prob1prob2

prob1

Pronunciation /präb/ /prɑb/

noun

informal
  • A problem.

    ‘there's no prob’
    • ‘Grinding can cause serious probs - broken or cracked teeth, gum problems, tooth sensitivity and even loose teeth.’
    • ‘It had been an odd and worrying day, and sleeping was a bit of a prob.’
    • ‘Two probs, tho: it's a bit of a nerdy manoeuvre, and I don't know any big words.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A lower BMI puts you at risk for other probs, like anemia.’
    • ‘She probably has probs that have nothing to do with you.’
    • ‘But Lola isn't concerned, fired-up Aries, because you rarely have probs staying on top of your game.’
    • ‘Oh yeah, I've got this jet lag thing beat, no probs.’
    • ‘She convinces him to spend a month with her so she can help him work through some unresolved issues - you know, personal probs.’
    • ‘But you'd likely have other annoying probs, such as unexplained weight loss or being hungry all the time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And it's cool to have someone to share the gripes and probs of growing up.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's great for moms and daughters to be close, but adult probs should not be dumped on kids' shoulders.’
    • ‘But if you want solutions to your probs, your pal could come in handy in that department too.’
    • ‘He'll happily hear you out for hours on end and then help you work out the perfect solutions to all your probs.’
    • ‘Of course, there are privacy probs when you have so many people trying to use the bathroom.’
    • ‘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.’
    difficulty, issue, trouble, worry, complication, difficult situation, mess, muddle, mix-up

Origin

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

Pronunciation

prob

/präb/ /prɑb/

Main definitions of prob in English

: prob1prob2

prob2

(also probs)

Pronunciation /präb/ /prɑb/

adverb

informal
  • Probably.

    ‘she prob looks lovely without makeup’
    ‘they probs had no choice’
    ‘Likely? Prob not’
    • ‘Wow there's a lot of nasty ppl out there who she prob wouldn't look twice at!’
    • ‘He's prob changing his outfit 400 times like his mother.’
    • ‘She prob can't wait to drop them off with the nannies.’
    • ‘Secret marriage is prob the worst idea.’
    • ‘She had a baby four weeks ago so she prob still has a baby gut.’
    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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

prob

/präb/ /prɑb/