A proud father holding his newborn son.
- 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
- Obs. 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 prÅ«d, prÅ«t ("proud, arrogant, haughty"; compare Old English prÈ³tung (“pride"); prÈ³de, prÈ³te (“pride")). Cognate with German Low German praud, Old Norse prÃºÃ°r ("gallant, brave, magnificent, stately, handsome, fine"; > Icelandic prÃºÃ°ur, 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 *prÅdis, related to Latin prÅdesse (“to be of value"); however, the Old English umlaut derivatives prÈ³te, prÈ³tian, etc. suggest the word may be older and possibly native. See also pride.