Definition of proud
1 : feeling or showing pride: such asa : having or displaying excessive self-esteemb : much pleased : exultantc : having proper self-respect
4 chiefly British : raised above a surrounding area a proud design on a stamp
Examples of proud in a Sentence
They are the proud parents of a hero.
I was proud that I never gave in.
She's the proud owner of a new car.
Her proudest accomplishment was to finish school.
He has a proud manner.
a proud and opinionated person
She's too proud to accept their charity.
Recent Examples of proud from the Web
Attention to detail Mini Cooper has a long, proud history — the first Mini was shipped in 1959 — and like other English carmakers prides itself on craftsmanship.
Trixie Mattel would be proud of that hot pink blush.
Engineer Paterson is especially proud of the muffler valves that transition seamlessly between loud and soft modes without initiating boom or wail.
ETP also has been funding veterans for the last six years and is proud to recognize and support those companies that have stepped forward with a veterans training component.
Vicarious should be proud of how much some of the game's scenes look pre-rendered, and the frame rate appears to have an ironclad lock at 30Hz (which, gaming historians will point out, makes this identical to the PS1 original).
Broberg begs her not to, but Mom is proud and there’s no silencing that.
Charmian Carl: Blair Underwood was very proud to have done it.
Troop leadership was particularly proud of the number of girls who worked for their religious emblem, which required study and service above and beyond regular meeting and badge work.
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Origin and Etymology 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 centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of proud
PROUD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of proud for English Language Learners
: 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
PROUD Defined for Kids
Definition of proud for Students
1 : having great self-respect or dignity He is too proud to beg.
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 : having or showing a feeling of being better than others : haughty
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