: of, relating to, characteristic of, or resembling a professor
professorial duties
professorial authority
a calm, professorial manner
Johnson was professorial in his approach to the game. He could talk for hours on the nuances of the Czechoslovak national team's power play.E. M. Swift
professorially adverb
… a tall man with professorially thick glasses and graying, tangled hair … John Seabrook

Examples of professorial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ball of Fire features Stanwyck as a savvy nightclub singer hiding out with stuffy academic Cooper and his endearing crop of professorial colleagues. Gwen Ihnat,, 16 Nov. 2023 But Kissinger approved, implemented, and, in professorial media turns, publicized it. Christian Schneider, National Review, 21 Dec. 2023 Effortlessly, unabashedly learned; tender beneath its professorial carapace; vaguely excessive. Dan Piepenbring, Harper's Magazine, 14 Dec. 2023 The money will be used to establish a professorial chair and research team that will study mental health disorders such as bipolar disease. Rana Wehbe Watson, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 The words rush out, not in sentences, or even paragraphs, but as scrolling pages of oration, in which Scorsese expounds on history — cinematic, American, his own — with passion, professorial depth and a tempo set at Tommy gun. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2023 Swift has officially entered her Autumn in New York era, wearing a simple black slip dress, boots, and a rather professorial tweed fall coat. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 19 Sep. 2023 Kilicdaroglu has assumed a professorial air in explaining his economic plans — another attempt to contrast his qualifications with those of Erdogan, whose unorthodox economic views are widely blamed for driving double-digit inflation. Kareem Fahim, Washington Post, 7 May 2023 The professorial globe-trotter is accompanied by his goddaughter, Helena (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), in a race against a former Nazi (Mads Mikkelsen) for the treasure. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 1 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1713, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of professorial was in 1713

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“Professorial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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