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adjective \ˈprau̇d\

Simple Definition of proud

  • : very happy and pleased because of something you have done, something you own, someone you know or are related to, etc. : feeling pride

  • : causing someone to feel very happy and pleased : causing a feeling of pride

  • : having or showing the attitude of people who think that they are better or more important than others : having or showing too much pride

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of proud

  1. 1 :  feeling or showing pride: as a :  having or displaying excessive self-esteem b :  much pleased :  exultant c :  having proper self-respect

  2. 2 a :  marked by stateliness :  magnificent b :  giving reason for pride :  glorious <the proudest moment in her life>

  3. 3 :  vigorous, spirited <a proud steed>

  4. 4 chiefly British :  raised above a surrounding area <a proud design on a stamp>

proudly adverb

Examples of proud in a sentence

  1. They are the proud parents of a hero.

  2. I was proud that I never gave in.

  3. She's the proud owner of a new car.

  4. Her proudest accomplishment was to finish school.

  5. He has a proud manner.

  6. a proud and opinionated person

  7. She's too proud to accept their charity.

Origin of proud

Middle English, from Old English prūd, probably from Old French prod, prud, prou advantageous, just, wise, bold, from Late Latin prode advantage, advantageous, back-formation from Latin prodesse to be advantageous, from pro-, prod- for, in favor + esse to be — more at pro-, is

First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of proud

proud, arrogant, haughty, lordly, insolent, overbearing, supercilious, disdainful mean showing scorn for inferiors. proud may suggest an assumed superiority or loftiness <too proud to take charity>. arrogant implies a claiming for oneself of more consideration or importance than is warranted <a conceited and arrogant executive>. haughty suggests a consciousness of superior birth or position <a haughty aristocrat>. lordly implies pomposity or an arrogant display of power <a lordly condescension>. insolent implies contemptuous haughtiness <ignored by an insolent waiter>. overbearing suggests a tyrannical manner or an intolerable insolence <an overbearing supervisor>. supercilious implies a cool, patronizing haughtiness <an aloof and supercilious manner>. disdainful suggests a more active and openly scornful superciliousness <disdainful of their social inferiors>.

Rhymes with proud

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adjective \ˈprau̇d\

Definition of proud for Students


  1. 1 :  having great self-respect or dignity <He is too proud to beg.>

  2. 2 :  having a feeling of pleasure or satisfaction especially with a person's own achievements or with someone else's achievements :  very pleased <They were proud of their clever child.>

  3. 3 :  having or showing a feeling of being better than others :  haughty

proudly adverb

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