[ proud ]
/ praʊd /
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adjective, proud·er, proud·est.
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Idioms about proud

    do one proud,
    1. to be a source of pride or credit to a person: His conduct in such a difficult situation did him proud.
    2. 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”

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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.


proudly, adverbproudness, nounun·proud, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for proud

/ (praʊd) /

do someone proud
  1. to entertain someone on a grand scalethey did us proud at the hotel
  2. to honour or distinguish a personhis honesty did him proud

Derived forms of proud

proudly, adverbproudness, noun

Word Origin for 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
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