- The definition of proud is having self-pride, being arrogant, or feeling great joy and honor.
- An example of proud is the honorable head of a happy family.
- An example of proud is a person who won't admit they are wrong after being proven so.
- An example of proud is a father holding his baby for the first time.
- having or showing a proper pride in oneself, one's position, one's family, etc.
- having or showing an overweening opinion of oneself, one's position, etc.; arrogant; haughty
- feeling or showing great pride or joy, as from being honored
- that is an occasion or cause of pride; highly gratifying
- arising from or caused by pride; presumptuous
- stately; splendid: a proud fleet
- spirited; of high mettle: a proud stallion
- Obsolete valiant
Origin of proudMiddle English ; from Old English prud ; from Old French ; from Late Latin prode, beneficial, back-formation ; from Classical Latin prodesse, to be useful ; from prod-, variant, variety of pro-, pro- + esse, to be: for Indo-European base see is
do oneself proud
- 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.
- Occasioning or being a reason for pride: a proud moment when she received her diploma.
- Feeling or showing justifiable self-respect: too proud to beg.
- Filled with or showing excessive self-esteem: a proud and haughty aristocrat.
- Of great dignity; honored: a proud name.
- Majestic; magnificent: proud alpine peaks.
- Spirited. Used of an animal: proud steeds.
Origin of proudMiddle 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.
(comparative prouder, superlative proudest)
- Gratified; feeling honoured (by something); feeling satisfied or happy about a fact or event.
- I am proud of Sivu's schoolwork.
- Possessed of a due sense of what one is worth or deserves.
- I was too proud to apologise.
- (chiefly biblical) Having too high an opinion of oneself; arrogant, supercilious.
- Generating a sense of pride; being a cause for pride.
- It was a proud day when we finally won the championship.
- Standing out or raised; swollen.
- After it had healed, the scar tissue stood proud of his flesh.
- Happy, usually used with a sense of honor, as in "I'm so proud to have you in our town." But occasionally just plain happy as in "I'm proud to see gas prices down." This is a widespread colloquial usage in the southern United States.
From Middle English proud, prout, prut, from Old English prūd, prūt ("proud, arrogant, haughty"; compare Old English prȳtung (“pride”); prȳde, prȳte (“pride”)). Cognate with German Low German praud, Old Norse prúðr ("gallant, brave, magnificent, stately, handsome, fine"; > Icelandic prúður, Middle Swedish prudh, Danish prud), of unknown origin. Perhaps from Vulgar Latin, from Old French prod, prud ("brave, gallant"; > French preux), from an assumed Late Latin *prōdis, related to Latin prōdesse (“to be of value”); however, the Old English umlaut derivatives prȳte, prȳtian, etc. suggest the word may be older and possibly native. See also pride.