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Is the word prolers an English word or just rubbish/noise added to the Scrabble dictionary?

If it's a real English word, what does it mean?

(Not a general reference question by virtue of this word not being in the OED, Merriam-Webster, or any other English dictionary I could find.)

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"prolers" is not in the scrabble dictionary according to hasbro.com/scrabble/en_US/search.cfm. –  Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 Oct 4 '13 at 2:15
    
Okay, it is in an online Scrabble dictionary for several Scrabble games including the Scrabble-brand game for Android, but is NOT valid as a regular table-boardgame Scrabble word? So then it's a "noise word" in certain things like Words With Friends ,and the official Android Scrabble (TM) app, but it has no english meaning. –  Warren P Oct 4 '13 at 2:16
    
What exactly is a proler? –  Pantelis Sopasakis Oct 4 '13 at 2:24
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It's clearly a blend of prole and prowler. So a worker-thief. (-: –  Peter Shor Oct 4 '13 at 2:38
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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a spurious entry in a game dictionary, not an English word. –  Bradd Szonye Oct 4 '13 at 7:09

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Proler is a real English word, but one that's not used any more. Whether it's accepted in Scrabble or Words with Friends or other word games is up to their official word lists.

It has no individual entry in OED online, but proler[s] appears in three 17th and 18th century quotations under prowler.

Searching Google Books, it can be found in The Chambers Dictionary (Page 1315, 1998):

prole2, proler Obsolete forms of prowl and prowler.

It also shows up in The Chambers Crossword Dictionary, 3rd edition (Page 96, 201 2):

prowler

06 patrol, proler, roamer 07 proller, prouler, stalker 08 tenebrio 09 nighthawk, scavenger

From there it's a short hop over to other (unofficial) Scrabble dictionaries.

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From the OED (1928), page 1447, second entry in second column of my photo-reduced edition:

Proler obs. form of prowler.

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It has no entry in OED online, but proler[s] appears in three 17th and 18th century quotations for prowler. –  Hugo Oct 4 '13 at 6:06
    
@Hugo: I missed it initially, tucked in between two larger entries. Are you sure it isn't there? I never heard of the OED losing words before. –  Pieter Geerkens Oct 5 '13 at 3:56
    
It's not there in thre alphabetic listing, but it's an electronic website so you can search using a computer. I don't think they've lost proler but rather merged its quotations under the prowler entry. –  Hugo Oct 7 '13 at 6:24

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