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[purs-proud] /ˈpɜrsˌpraʊd/
proud of one's wealth, especially in an arrogant or showy manner.
Origin of purse-proud
First recorded in 1675-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I, too, who could live happy in a garret, if this purse-proud England would but allow one to exist within one's income.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He was a corpulent, florid man, purse-proud, and self-sufficient.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • That is why I took such a dislike to Headingly—the people there were so terribly exclusive and purse-proud.'

    Lover or Friend Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • He doesn't know how to be rude, or ill bred, or purse-proud.

    Peter F. Hopkinson Smith
  • purse-proud, ambitious, condescending to a degree—a woman who would achieve what she set out to do at all hazards.

    Castle Craneycrow George Barr McCutcheon
  • I can't, for the soul of me, bring myself to say that Bursal's not purse-proud, and you can.

    The Parent's Assistant Maria Edgeworth
  • That purse-proud ex-linendraper, Mr. Yardley, with the yellow liveries, and the wife in red velvet?

    The Book of Snobs William Makepeace Thackeray
  • They were not only vulgar and rich, but purse-proud and conceited as well.

    Ayala's Angel Anthony Trollope
  • Oh, bloated plutocrat, purse-proud millionaire, I always happen to want it!

    The Purple Heights Marie Conway Oemler
  • Have they become beggars themselves—the haughty, purse-proud people?

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