feeling pleasure or satisfaction over something regarded as highly honorable or creditable to oneself (often followed by of, an infinitive, or a clause).
having, proceeding from, or showing a high opinion of one's own dignity, importance, or superiority.
having or showing self-respect or self-esteem.
highly gratifying to the feelings or self-esteem: It was a proud day for him when his son entered college.
highly honorable or creditable: a proud achievement.
stately, majestic, or magnificent: proud cities.
of lofty dignity or distinction: a proud name; proud nobles.
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. pleased; happy: I'm proud to meet you.
full of vigor and spirit: a proud young stallion.
Idioms about proud
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.
- proudly, adverb
- proudness, noun
- un·proud, adjective
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How to use proud in a sentence
I’m proud to teach at a school where we’ve taken the concerns and views of our parents seriously and better yet, taken action.Our Public Schools Have a Customer Service Problem | Thomas Courtney | September 10, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
I was fully convinced that we were all doomed to be outsiders for our entire lives, and secretly, I was kind of proud of that.‘The Dream Architects’: Inside the making of gaming’s biggest franchises | Rachel King | September 1, 2020 | Fortune
For performance management, we decided to combine it with our goals and ask employees to tell us what three to five things they are most proud of, and what they need more or less of from their manager.5 of the best tips for navigating the pandemic at work from chief HR officers | Michal Lev-Ram, writer | August 31, 2020 | Fortune
What stuck out to me, too, was how proud it seemed like the former players were of the current players for taking this stand.
He was proud of what he believed in, he stood up for it, and he fought for it.Full Transcript: Sean Spicer on ‘The Carlos Watson Show’ | Daniel Malloy | August 26, 2020 | Ozy
I had wanted to give him something, something to make him proud.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
But that makes the Ismael brothers no less proud of the resistance that they and other fellow fighters have put up.
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 | Lloyd Grove | December 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
We proud skeptics would rather trust the demonstrable facts than the alleged truth.
Hitchcock is very proud of his kitchen; he's comfortable here.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I, therefore, deliver it as a maxim, that whoever desires the character of a proud man ought to conceal his vanity.Pearls of Thought | Maturin M. Ballou
You never cared—you were too proud to care; and when I spoke to you about my fault, you did n't even know what I meant.Confidence | Henry James
To be so humbled in the knowledge of any living being, was the vultures of Prometheus to the proud heart of Ripperda.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
You may imagine the effect this missive produced upon the proud, high-minded doctor of divinity.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
"I'm not proud," replied Davy, provoked at being mixed up with Gobobbles in this way.Davy and The Goblin | Charles E. Carryl
British Dictionary definitions for proud
(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
feeling honoured or gratified by or as if by some distinction
having an inordinately high opinion of oneself; arrogant or haughty
characterized by or proceeding from a sense of pride: a proud moment
having a proper sense of self-respect
stately or distinguished
bold or fearless
(of a surface, edge, etc) projecting or protruding from the surrounding area
(of animals) restive or excited, esp sexually; on heat
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
- proudly, adverb
- proudness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with proud
In addition to the idiom beginning with proud
- proud as a peacock
- do someone proud
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