proud of one's wealth, especially in an arrogant or showy manner.

Origin of purse-proud

First recorded in 1675–85
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Historical Examples of purse-proud

  • Though, purse-proud with your riches, you strut along, yet fortune does not alter your birth.

  • Sometimes it was a snobbish, purse-proud class, as in the case of the present juniors.

  • One trapper named Jones was so successful at this business of trapping seals with the net that he became "purse-proud."

  • And this does not look very well in one who, when he was poor, was particularly bitter on "a purse-proud aristocracy."


    Edward Eggleston

  • Let us hope, in all charity, that purse-proud bounder and the barmaid married, and lived happily ever after.