1. (Adjective)

a. Of or relating to the characteristic of professionalism, usually applicable in medium to large corporations. A characteristic in which one is expected to put one's employer and duties thereof above family, human dignity, and health.

b. One is is professional is monitored to ensure they are walking around with a sarcastic respect for other people in the corporation, even when there are very real burdens on the professional person's mind.

c. A description unfairly assigned only to one who devotes more time and energy to his occupation in the company than to his marriage, family, and health.

d. The manner in which a task is performed in a company, as long as it reflects the professional qualities of the performer.

e. A WORD THAT HAS LOST IT'S MEANING IN CORPORATE NONSENSE AND BIG-CORPORATION SYNDROME. There are still GOOD professionals out there--ones that are passionate about the good work they do and have freed themselves to do it.

2. (Noun)

a. One who is enslaved to the characteristic of professionalism in order to keep their job (see Professional - adj.)

b. One who wears fancy clothes that tell nothing of their character or skill, whether good or bad.

c. Often higher manager that treats subordinates less "professionally" than they look.
"Fred worked until 2:00AM yesterday. He's way more professional than we are!" (adj.)

"Your speech was very professional, Arty!"
"Don't insult me!"
"Well that was unprofessional..."
"Thank you." (adj.)

"This is our professional team of salesmen."
"No, we're people who enjoy people and exercise that on the side in the form of sales." (adj)

"Would you describe yourself as...professional?"
"No, and here's why. The meaning of the word pro--"
"Okay, that'll be all. Have a nice life!"

"When I grow up, I want to be a professional!"
"No you don't Johnny, don't believe that nonsense." (noun)

"You're a real professional!"
"Thanks for the good intent, but don't ever say that again. Thanks." (noun)
by AgentSlade April 30, 2010
An expert defined not just by his ability to work on a subject but by his precision of detail on anything related to that subject or it's doingness.
It was not just that he could paint, it was in how he never spilled a drop, never was late with a painting or an appointment and could convey emotion with any part of his paintings that made him such a professional.
by Scothman November 3, 2009
Belonging to a profession/occupation, with standards.
Feelins'? Look mate, you know who has a lot of feelings? Blokes that bludgeon their wife to death with a golf trophy. Professionals have standards.
by B.D.M.R July 3, 2019
"Going Professional" is slang common in stoner circles where everyone sharing a bowl use their own lighters.
"Grab your lighter, we're going professional"
by danimal44 May 6, 2010
An individual who is extremely good at something, who performs a job better than the average person.
Donald Trump is an asshole. Pat, on the other hand, is a PROFESSIONAL asshole. He is the type of person to waive a homeless person to his car while holding up money, and then drive away laughing.
by that homeless guy December 8, 2017
Dude, we were so professional last night! Jimmy was so professional, he was sportin a tie!
by Mr. Gravy 46&2 May 2, 2011
The act or instance of being super cute or "in charge". It is meant to be a compliment given from a guy to a girl when that girl looks as if she tried to look extra beautiful today. I.e. curling/straightening their hair or putting on different make-up.
Excuse me, Miss, I was wondering where I could apply for a job here.
-I don't work here
oh, I'm sorry, you were just sitting there looking so professional.
by Daniel Tiger September 6, 2014