chiefly British
: proud of one's house or housekeeping

Examples of house-proud in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Compton also teems with house-proud residents and their tidy lawns, women chatting outside a florist’s shop, construction workers grabbing lunch at a packed taqueria. Rosecrans Baldwin, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2023 The house-proud suburban couples were as bad at it as the campus conservatives and the guy trying to throw an orgy. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of house-proud was in 1822

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Cite this Entry

“House-proud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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