adjective, proud·er, proud·est.
- to be a source of pride or credit to a person: His conduct in such a difficult situation did him proud.
- to treat someone or oneself generously or lavishly: You really did us proud with this supper.
Origin of proud
Synonyms for proud
Antonyms for proud
Related Words for proudnoble, great, honored, illustrious, satisfied, appreciative, glad, cocky, dismissive, august, content, contented, dignified, eminent, fiery, fine, glorious, gorgeous, grand, gratifying
Examples from the Web for proud
Contemporary Examples of proud
I had wanted to give him something, something to make him proud.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
She added: “NBC News is proud to have David in the important anchor chair of ‘Meet the Press.’ ”David Gregory's 'Meet the Press' Eviction Exposed in Washingtonian Takedown
December 23, 2014
We proud skeptics would rather trust the demonstrable facts than the alleged truth.On Torture, Chuck Johnson & Sondheim
December 13, 2014
“We are proud of the work we have done for our country,” Mitchell and Jessen have said in a joint statement.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built
December 12, 2014
But the proud stone lion that once stood atop the tomb, as Peristeri has often maintained, suggests a male occupant and a warrior.Is This Alexander the Great’s Tomb—or His Wife’s?
December 12, 2014
Historical Examples of proud
Mrs. Higbee hovered near him with an air of proud ownership.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"You'll be too proud to walk with your ould mother," said Mrs. Malone.Brave and Bold
And if we look to the condition of individuals what a proud spectacle does it exhibit!
You're a proud man; you've never quit a trail yet before the end of it.Way of the Lawless
Who would not be proud of such a relation as Miss Clarissa Harlowe?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
- to entertain someone on a grand scalethey did us proud at the hotel
- to honour or distinguish a personhis honesty did him proud
Word Origin for proud
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).
In addition to the idiom beginning with proud
- proud as a peacock
- do someone proud