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adjective,proud·er, proud·est.
  1. feeling pleasure or satisfaction over something regarded as highly honorable or creditable to oneself (often followed by of, an infinitive, or a clause).

  2. having, proceeding from, or showing a high opinion of one's own dignity, importance, or superiority.

  1. having or showing self-respect or self-esteem.

  2. highly gratifying to the feelings or self-esteem: It was a proud day for him when his son entered college.

  3. highly honorable or creditable: a proud achievement.

  4. stately, majestic, or magnificent: proud cities.

  5. of lofty dignity or distinction: a proud name; proud nobles.

  6. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. pleased; happy: I'm proud to meet you.

  7. full of vigor and spirit: a proud young stallion.

  8. Obsolete. brave.

Idioms about proud

  1. do one proud,

    • 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

First recorded before 1000; Middle English; Old English prūd, prūt “arrogant” (cognate with Old Norse prūthr “stately, fine”), apparently from Vulgar Latin; compare Old French prud, prod “gallant, virtuous,” Late Latin prōde “profitable, useful,” from prōde est, back formation of Latin prōdest “it is beneficial, useful,” from Latin prōdesse “to be useful, profit”

synonym study For proud

2. 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.

Other words for proud

Opposites for proud

Other words from proud

  • proudly, adverb
  • proudness, noun
  • un·proud, adjective

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How to use proud in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for proud


/ (praʊd) /

  1. (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

  2. feeling honoured or gratified by or as if by some distinction

  1. having an inordinately high opinion of oneself; arrogant or haughty

  2. characterized by or proceeding from a sense of pride: a proud moment

  3. having a proper sense of self-respect

  4. stately or distinguished

  5. bold or fearless

  6. (of a surface, edge, etc) projecting or protruding from the surrounding area

  7. (of animals) restive or excited, esp sexually; on heat

  1. do someone proud

    • to entertain someone on a grand scale: they did us proud at the hotel

    • to honour or distinguish a person: his honesty did him proud

Origin of proud

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

Derived forms of proud

  • proudly, adverb
  • proudness, noun

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Other Idioms and Phrases with proud


In addition to the idiom beginning with proud

  • proud as a peacock

also see:

  • do someone proud

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