verb (used with object), prid·ed, prid·ing.

to indulge or plume (oneself) in a feeling of pride (usually followed by on or upon): She prides herself on her tennis.


    pride and joy, someone or something cherished, valued, or enjoyed above all others: Their new grandchild is their pride and joy.

Origin of pride

before 1000; Middle English (noun); Old English prȳde (cognate with Old Norse prȳthi bravery, pomp), derivative of prūd proud
Related formspride·ful, adjectivepride·ful·ly, adverbpride·ful·ness, nounpride·less, adjectivepride·less·ly, adverbun·pride·ful, adjectiveun·pride·ful·ly, adverb

Synonyms for pride

1. Pride, conceit, self-esteem, egotism, vanity, vainglory imply an unduly favorable idea of one's own appearance, advantages, achievements, etc., and often apply to offensive characteristics. Pride is a lofty and often arrogant assumption of superiority in some respect: Pride must have a fall. Conceit implies an exaggerated estimate of one's own abilities or attainments, together with pride: blinded by conceit. Self-esteem may imply an estimate of oneself that is higher than that held by others: a ridiculous self-esteem. Egotism implies an excessive preoccupation with oneself or with one's own concerns, usually but not always accompanied by pride or conceit: His egotism blinded him to others' difficulties. Vanity implies self-admiration and an excessive desire to be admired by others: His vanity was easily flattered. Vainglory, somewhat literary, implies an inordinate and therefore empty or unjustified pride: puffed up by vainglory. 5. boast.

Antonyms for pride Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prideful

Contemporary Examples of prideful

  • His harshest words of criticism were aimed at those who were prideful.

  • An early Zionist leader, prideful, pugnacious, Ussishkin headed the Jewish National Fund for nearly 20 years.

  • Instead, it is prideful ignorance—an eagerness to go off the fiscal cliff to show the world that gravity does not exist.

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    July 15, 2011

  • One of the central reasons entrepreneurial capitalism works well is that humans are a prideful species.

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    Let Them Say F--k

    Reihan Salam

    August 1, 2010

Historical Examples of prideful

  • Cab drivers hailed him as a likely fare, to his prideful content.

  • "And there ain't another like it in the whole world," went on the prideful Hodges.

    The Dorrance Domain

    Carolyn Wells

  • Miss Hawes took his arm, with a soft, prideful sigh, and they moved off.

    The Sheriff of Badger

    George B. Pattullo

  • "You can revile me as much as you like now, Nan," he said, with prideful humility.

    The Quickening

    Francis Lynde

  • At the moment the roads seemed quite deserted, and their little roadster hummed along with all its prideful speed and importance.

British Dictionary definitions for prideful



Thomas. died 1658, English soldier on the Parliamentary side during the Civil War. He expelled members of the Long Parliament hostile to the army (Pride's Purge, 1648) and signed Charles I's death warrant



a feeling of honour and self-respect; a sense of personal worth
excessive self-esteem; conceit
a source of pride
satisfaction or pleasure taken in one's own or another's success, achievements, etc (esp in the phrase take (a) pride in)
the better or most superior part of something; flower
the most flourishing time
a group (of lions)
the mettle of a horse; courage; spirit
archaic sexual desire, esp in a female animal
archaic display, pomp, or splendour
pride of place the most important position


(tr; foll by on or upon) to take pride in (oneself) for
(intr) to glory or revel (in)
Derived Formsprideful, adjectivepridefully, adverb

Word Origin for pride

Old English prӯda; related to Latin prodesse to be useful, Old Norse prūthr stately; see proud
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Word Origin and History for prideful

c.1500, from pride (n.) + -ful. Related: Pridefully; pridefulness. Old English had prutswongor "overburdened with pride."



late Old English pryto, Kentish prede, Mercian pride "pride, haughtiness, pomp," from prud (see proud). There is debate whether Scandinavian cognates (Old Norse pryði, Old Swedish prydhe , Danish pryd, etc.) are borrowed from Old French (from Germanic) or from Old English. Meaning "that which makes a person or people most proud" is from c.1300. First applied to groups of lions late 15c., but not commonly so used until c.1930. Paired with prejudice from 1610s.



mid-12c. in the reflexive sense "congratulate (oneself), be proud," c.1200 as "be arrogant, act haughtily," from pride (n.). Related: Prided; priding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with prideful


In addition to the idioms beginning with pride

  • pride and joy
  • pride of place
  • pride oneself on

also see:

  • burst with (pride)
  • swallow one's pride
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