pride·​ful ˈprīd-fəl How to pronounce prideful (audio)
: full of pride: such as
pridefully adverb
pridefulness noun

Example Sentences

prideful intellectuals long considered rock music unworthy of serious study at the wedding the prideful snobs ignored their poor relations
Recent Examples on the Web Hornets head coach Steve Clifford didn’t think a championship-caliber team would specifically circle a game on their schedule but admitted that Antetokounmpo’s a prideful player – and the Bucks’ star did only score nine points in 22 minutes. Jim Owczarski, Journal Sentinel, 31 Jan. 2023 In Mexican culture, when someone is singing or playing a song that tugs hearts or provokes tears, the instinctive reaction is to let out a prideful, ebullient shout called a grito. Thania Garcia, Variety, 22 Jan. 2023 This team is too talented and prideful to just quit. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 22 Jan. 2023 Martinez went as far as wondering if Senga’s strikeout numbers would improve in the United States, as Japanese hitters, in his experience, are more prideful about putting the ball in play than some of their all-or-nothing M.L.B. counterparts. Gary Phillips, New York Times, 16 Jan. 2023 James is a prideful player who pays close attention to critics and the opinions of NBA players. Gary Washburn,, 31 Dec. 2022 When Linda Cummings talks about her children, the prideful tone in her voice cannot be denied. Scott Talley,, 19 Nov. 2022 The standout here is Aquaman, portrayed as a prideful lord of Atlantis that just wants to be liked. Daniel Dockery, Vulture, 29 July 2022 The Cardinals have more overall talent, but Cal has old, prideful veterans who will play with some spirit on a nightly basis. Brett Dawson, The Courier-Journal, 6 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prideful was in the 15th century

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“Prideful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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pride·​ful ˈprīd-fəl How to pronounce prideful (audio)
: full of pride
pridefully adverb
pridefulness noun
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