- to do extremely well
- highly pleased with or exulting in
Other Word Forms of Proud
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Proud
- do oneself proud
- proud of
Origin of Proud
From Middle English proud, prout, prut, from Old English prÅ«d, prÅ«t ("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.
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 pro–1) esse to be es- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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