(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.