- 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.
proud definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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- plush esse, to be: for Indo-European base see is
- proudly adverb
proud definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective proud·er, proud·est
- 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: “On January 1, 1900, Americans and Europeans greeted the twentieth century in the proud and certain belief that the next hundred years would make all things possible” (W. Bruce Lincoln).
- Feeling or showing justifiable self-respect.
- Filled with or showing excessive self-esteem.
- Of great dignity; honored: a proud name.
- Majestic; magnificent: proud alpine peaks.
- Spirited. Used of an animal: proud steeds.
Origin: 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.
- proudˈly adverb
- proudˈness noun
proud - Phrases/Idioms
do oneself proud