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[proud] /praʊd/
adjective, prouder, proudest.
feeling pleasure or satisfaction over something regarded as highly honorable or creditable to oneself (often followed by of, an infinitive, or a clause).
having, proceeding from, or showing a high opinion of one's own dignity, importance, or superiority.
having or showing self-respect or self-esteem.
highly gratifying to the feelings or self-esteem:
It was a proud day for him when his son entered college.
highly honorable or creditable:
a proud achievement.
stately, majestic, or magnificent:
proud cities.
of lofty dignity or distinction:
a proud name; proud nobles.
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. pleased; happy:
I'm proud to meet you.
full of vigor and spirit:
a proud young stallion.
Obsolete. brave.
do one proud,
  1. to be a source of pride or credit to a person:
    His conduct in such a difficult situation did him proud.
  2. to treat someone or oneself generously or lavishly:
    You really did us proud with this supper.
Origin of proud
late Old English
before 1000; Middle English; late Old English prūd, prūt arrogant (cognate with Old Norse prūthr stately, fine), apparently < Vulgar Latin; compare Old French prud, prod gallant, Late Latin prōde useful, Latin prōdesse to be of worth
Related forms
proudly, adverb
proudness, noun
quasi-proud, adjective
quasi-proudly, adverb
unproud, adjective
unproudly, adverb
1. contented, self-satisfied. 2. overbearing, self-important, disdainful, imperious, presumptuous. Proud, arrogant, haughty imply a consciousness of, or a belief in, one's superiority in some respect. Proud implies sensitiveness, lofty self-respect, or jealous preservation of one's dignity, station, and the like. It may refer to an affectionate admiration of or a justifiable pride concerning someone else: proud of his son. Arrogant applies to insolent or overbearing behavior, arising from an exaggerated belief in one's importance: arrogant rudeness. Haughty implies lofty reserve and confident, often disdainful assumption of superiority over others: the haughty manner of the butler in the play. 6. noble, imposing, splendid.
1. dissatisfied. 2. humble. 5. dishonorable. 6. mean; impoverished; lowly. Unabridged
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  • "He's the proudest beggar I ever met," thought Halbert, looking after him.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • If you were to say to an Ulster man, "Who are the proudest people in Ireland?"

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • And if you were to say to a Ballyards man, "Who are the proudest people in Ulster?"

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • There is not a blemish in mind or person at which the proudest of you all would sicken.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • Yield to fate to-day, and you may grasp her proudest awards to-morrow.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for proudest


foll by of, an infinitive, or a clause. pleased or satisfied, as with oneself, one's possessions, achievements, etc, or with another person, his or her achievements, qualities, etc
feeling honoured or gratified by or as if by some distinction
having an inordinately high opinion of oneself; arrogant or haughty
characterized by or proceeding from a sense of pride: a proud moment
having a proper sense of self-respect
stately or distinguished
bold or fearless
(of a surface, edge, etc) projecting or protruding from the surrounding area
(of animals) restive or excited, esp sexually; on heat
do someone proud
  1. to entertain someone on a grand scale: they did us proud at the hotel
  2. to honour or distinguish a person: his honesty did him proud
Derived Forms
proudly, adverb
proudness, noun
Word Origin
Late Old English prūd, from Old French prud, prod brave, from Late Latin prōde useful, from Latin prōdesse to be of value, from prōd-, variant of prō- for + esse to be
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Word Origin and History for proudest



late Old English prud, prute "excellent, splendid; arrogant, haughty," probably from Old French prud, oblique case of adjective prouz "brave, valiant" (11c., Modern French preux; cf. prud'homme "brave man"), from Late Latin prode "advantageous, profitable" (cf. Italian prode "valiant"), a back-formation from Latin prodesse "be useful," from pro- "before, for, instead of" (see pro-) + esse "to be" (see essence). Also cf. pride (n.), prowess.

Meaning "elated by some act, fact, or thing" is from mid-13c. To do (someone) proud attested by 1819. Related: Proudness. "The -d- in prodesse is probably due to the influence of forms like red-eo-, 'I go back,' red-imo- 'I buy back,' etc." [OED]. The Old English form with -te probably is from or influenced by pride.

The sense of "have a high opinion of oneself," not found in Old French, might reflect the Anglo-Saxons' opinion of the Norman knights who called themselves "proud." Old Norse pruðr, probably from the same French source, had only the sense "brave, gallant, magnificent, stately" (cf. Icelandic pruður, Middle Swedish prudh, Middle Danish prud). Likewise a group of "pride" words in the Romance languages -- e.g. French orgueil, Italian orgoglio, Spanish orgullo -- are borrowings from Germanic, where they had positive senses (cf. Old High German urgol "distinguished").

Most Indo-European languages use the same word for "proud" in its good and bad senses, but in many the bad sense seems to be the earlier one. The usual way to form the word is by some compound of terms for "over" or "high" and words for "heart," "mood," "thought," or "appearance;" e.g. Greek hyperephanos, literally "over-appearing;" Gothic hauhþuhts, literally "high-conscience." Old English had ofermodig "over-moody" ("mood" in Anglo-Saxon was a much more potent word than presently) and heahheort "high-heart." Words for "proud" in other Indo-European languages sometimes reflect a physical sense of being swollen or puffed up; cf. Welsh balch, probably from a root meaning "to swell," and Modern Greek kamari, from ancient Greek kamarou "furnish with a vault or arched cover," with a sense evolution via "make an arch," to "puff out the chest," to "be puffed up" (cf. English slang chesty).

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In addition to the idiom beginning with proud also see: do someone proud
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