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adj. proud·er, proud·est

1. Feeling pleasurable satisfaction over an act, possession, quality, or relationship by which one measures one’s stature or self-worth: proud of one’s child; proud to serve one’s country.

2. Occasioning or being a reason for pride: a proud moment when she received her diploma.

3. Feeling or showing justifiable self-respect: too proud to beg.

4. Filled with or showing excessive self-esteem: a proud and haughty aristocrat.

5. Of great dignity; honored: a proud name.

6. Majestic; magnificent: proud alpine peaks.

7. Spirited. Used of an animal: proud steeds.

[Middle English, from Old English prūd, from Old French prou, prud, brave, virtuous, oblique case of prouz, from Vulgar Latin *prōdis, from Late Latin prōde, advantageous, from Latin prōdesse, to be good : prōd-, for (variant of prō-, with d on the model of red-, prevocalic variant of re-, back, again; see pro-1) + esse, to be; see es- in Indo-European roots.]

proud′ly adv.

proud′ness n.

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1. (foll by: of, an infinitive, or a clause) pleased or satisfied, as with oneself, one’s possessions, achievements, etc, or with another person, his or her achievements, qualities, etc

2. feeling honoured or gratified by or as if by some distinction

3. having an inordinately high opinion of oneself; arrogant or haughty

4. characterized by or proceeding from a sense of pride: a proud moment.

5. having a proper sense of self-respect

6. stately or distinguished

7. bold or fearless

8. (of a surface, edge, etc) projecting or protruding from the surrounding area

9. (Zoology) (of animals) restive or excited, esp sexually; on heat


do someone proud

a. to entertain someone on a grand scale: they did us proud at the hotel.

b. to honour or distinguish a person: his honesty did him proud.

[Late Old English prūd, from Old French prud, prod brave, from Late Latin prōde useful, from Latin prōdesse to be of value, from prōd-, variant of prō- for + esse to be]

ˈproudly adv

ˈproudness n

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adj. -er, -est,
adv. adj.

1. feeling pleasure or satisfaction over something regarded as honorable or creditable to oneself.

2. having or showing self-respect or self-esteem.

3. giving a sense of pride; highly gratifying: a proud moment.

4. highly honorable or creditable: a proud achievement.

5. having or showing an inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, superiority, etc.; arrogant; haughty.

6. stately, majestic, or magnificent: proud cities.

7. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. pleased; happy: I’m proud to meet you.

8. full of vigor and spirit: a proud stallion.

9. Obs. brave.


10. do one proud,

a. to be a source of pride or credit to a person.

b. to treat someone or oneself generously or lavishly.


[before 1000; Middle English; late Old English prūd, prūt arrogant (c. Old Norse prūthr stately, fine), appar. < Vulgar Latin; compare Old French prud, prod gallant, Late Latin prōde useful, Latin prōdesse to be of worth]

proud′ly, adv.

proud′ness, n.

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You can also say that someone is proud of something they have or something they have done. This means that they think it is good and are glad about it.

He was proud of his son-in-law.

We were all tired but proud of our efforts.

If someone is proud to do something, they feel pleased about doing it.

She’s proud to work with you.

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