from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A supervisor especially of an examination or dormitory in a school.
  • transitive v. To supervise (an examination).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who supervises students as they take an examination, in the United States at the college/university level; often the department secretary, or a fellow/graduate student.
  • n. An official at any of several older universities
  • n. A legal practitioner in ecclesiastical and some other courts
  • v. To function as a proctor.
  • v. To manage as an attorney or agent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A person appointed to collect alms for those who could not go out to beg for themselves, as lepers, the bedridden, etc.; hence a beggar.
  • n. An officer employed in admiralty and ecclesiastical causes. He answers to an attorney at common law, or to a solicitor in equity.
  • n. A representative of the clergy in convocation.
  • n. An officer in a university or college whose duty it is to enforce obedience to the laws of the institution.
  • transitive v. To act as a proctor toward; to manage as an attorney or agent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To manage as an attorney or pleader.
  • To hector; swagger; bully. Forby, quoted in Halliwell.
  • n. One who is employed to manage the affairs of another; a procurator.
  • n. Specifically, a person employed to manage another's cause in a court of civil or ecclesiastical law, as in the court of admiralty or a spiritual court.
  • n. One of the representatives of the clergy in the Convocations of the two provinces of Canterbury and York in the Church of England. They are elected by the cathedral chapters and the clergy of a diocese or an archdeaconry.
  • n. An official in a university or college whose function it is to see that good order is kept. In the universities of Oxford and Cambridge the proctors are two officers chosen from among the masters of arts.
  • n. A keeper of a spital-house; a liar.
  • n. One who collected alms for lepers or others unable to beg in person.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. watch over (students taking an exam, to prevent cheating)
  • n. someone who supervises (an examination)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English procutor, proctour, university officer, manager, from procuratour; see procurator.



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  • Rot-corpse Sumatran art amuses proctor.

    October 18, 2008

  • In petitions of divorce, or for declaration of nullity of marriage, the Queen's Proctor may, under direction of the Attorney General, intervene in the suit for the purpose of arguing any question that the court deems expedient to have argued. i.e. A professional, government-sponsored busy-body.

    May 9, 2008

  • I thought it was "feather in my cap" and "black eye." I don't remember the "shot in the arm," but it does seem to fit... I need to reread that book. My God, it's awesome.

    *munches cookie*

    October 10, 2007

  • I'm going to let chained_bear answer that.

    *folds arms stubbornly*

    Oh, and thanks for the cookie. :-)

    October 6, 2007

  • Now, now, children. There's plenty to go around.

    *hands out cookies to rt & c_b*

    PS - is it Catch-22 with the "feather in my cap"/"shot in the arm" running joke? I can never remember where that came from!!

    October 6, 2007

  • *sigh* Arby, would you kindly give my cookie to chained_bear here?

    *rolling eyes histrionically*

    October 6, 2007

  • Dammit, I wanted the cookie! Stop hogging, RT!!

    *sigh* It would have been a real feather in my cap.

    October 6, 2007

  • Catch 22, of course. Love that book.

    Chocolate chip, please.

    October 6, 2007

  • Major Major Major Major

    (cookie to the first person to get that)

    October 6, 2007

  • That's Proctologist Proctor Doctor Proctor to you.

    October 6, 2007

  • And, let it be said, if s/he gives a medical board exam about that particular medical specialty, s/he is the Proctologist Proctor Proctor.

    October 5, 2007

  • She's a woman, burntsox. But not a proctologist or, for that matter, a proctor--at least that I know about. :-)

    October 5, 2007

  • In Florida there's a clinic for a Dr. Doctor. Doctor Ron Doctor.

    October 5, 2007

  • If he administers the med school boards, he becomes Proctor Proctor. Even worse, if he gives a rectal exam, he's Protologist Proctor.

    October 5, 2007

  • This is my doctor's name. Seriously.

    October 5, 2007