- a high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.
- the state or feeling of being proud.
- a becoming or dignified sense of what is due to oneself or one's position or character; self-respect; self-esteem.
- pleasure or satisfaction taken in something done by or belonging to oneself or believed to reflect credit upon oneself: civic pride.
- something that causes a person or persons to be proud: His art collection was the pride of the family.
- the best of a group, class, society, etc.: This bull is the pride of the herd.
- the most flourishing state or period: in the pride of adulthood.
- mettle in a horse.
- Literary. splendor, magnificence, or pomp.
- a group of lions.
- sexual desire, especially in a female animal.
- ornament or adornment.
- 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
Examples from the Web for pridefully
"See, he knows his name all right," observed the owner, pridefully.The Wrong Twin
Harry Leon Wilson
He wore boots to his knees now, and pridefully carried a "shoot-in'-iron" in one of the long legs—to his great discomfort.The Moonshiners At Hoho-Hebee Falls
Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
Pug was hugely pleased with his trophy, displayed it pridefully and told briefly the tale of his duel with the late owner.Grapes of wrath
After luncheon, the Colonel conducted his visitors to the stables where he pridefully exhibited a hundred or more blooded horses.The Red Debt
"If we don't win in the races, we'll be worth looking at," Helen once said pridefully.Ruth Fielding At College
Alice B. Emerson
- 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)
Word Origin and History for pridefully
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.
Idioms and Phrases with pridefully
In addition to the idioms beginning with pride
- pride and joy
- pride of place
- pride oneself on
- burst with (pride)
- swallow one's pride