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
Examples from the Web for proudest
A tangential answer to your question would be, what am I proudest of?
Beckham singled out captaining England as one of his "proudest achievements."
So far, Caitria is proudest of the time she visited the small town of Forney, Texas, ravaged by an EF3 tornado last April.
He did seek the political equivalent, developing Romnesia about what had been his proudest achievement.The Symbol Mitt Romney Demanded on His Official Gubernatorial Portrait|Michael Daly|October 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Proudest accomplishment: When Sarah Silverman told me I had great hair.Meet the Secret Powerbrokers of D.C.: Five Top Women in Communications|Abigail Pesta|January 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
This was also his proudest hour, since he had accomplished his purpose.Beacon Lights of History, Volume X|John Lord
The proudest philosopher, speculating on the origin of the universe, is convicted of ignorance.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I|John Lord
Your whispers in my favour might have been a source of danger, but now your openly expressed acclamations are my proudest boast.The Letters of Cassiodorus|Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
That was the proudest day of Montague's life, and one of the proudest days in the history of the English Parliament.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
Ladies sunk upon their knees around the bed where the proudest monarch of France was painfully gasping in the agonies of death.
British Dictionary definitions for proudest
- 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
Word Origin and History for proudest
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).
Idioms and Phrases with proudest
In addition to the idiom beginning with proud
- proud as a peacock
- do someone proud