adjective, proud·er, proud·est.
- proud as a peacock,
- proud flesh,
- 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 proudly
So, happy 20th birthday to this proudly silly fashion classic.Happy 20th Birthday, Liz Hurley’s Safety-Pin Dress|Tim Teeman|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A nurse with the insurance company has overruled the opinion of my oncologist—one of their proudly listed “providers.”
We are proudly a nation of immigrants, but should be a nation of laws.Iowa Frontrunner Mike Huckabee Talks to The Daily Beast|Lloyd Green|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There is also the strong feeling that when soldiers go to fight on our behalf, they should proudly wear American-made products.New Balance Lobbies Congress to Make the U.S. Military's Only Running Shoe|Tim Mak|September 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Robert Downey Jr. plays the son, a bigwig Chicago attorney who proudly defends wealthy white-collar criminals.Robert Downey Jr. Just Made the Year’s Sappiest Flick|Alex Suskind|September 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"They'll make the eight miles in three-quarters of an hour," said the judge, proudly.The Gentleman From Indiana|Booth Tarkington
How coldly and proudly they had parted with him over-night, although they had professed themselves reconciled to him!Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 1.|Samuel Warren
Just inside the door they lined up, Berta proudly announcing, "We's going to help ev'ybody in the whole house."Mary's Rainbow|Mary Edward Feehan
He wore his embroidered Court cloak and sat as proudly in the boat as though he were king of the universe.The Poet Li Po|Arthur Waley
"And now I am going to instruct you in the art of making tea," he said proudly.Happy Pollyooly|Edgar Jepson
- 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