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Definition of proud

1 : feeling or showing pride: such as
a : having or displaying excessive self-esteem
b : much pleased : exultant
c : having proper self-respect
2a : marked by stateliness : magnificent
b : giving reason for pride : glorious the proudest moment in her life
3 : vigorous, spirited a proud steed
4 chiefly British : raised above a surrounding area a proud design on a stamp

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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

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.
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First Known Use of proud

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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“Proud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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


\ ˈprau̇d How to pronounce proud (audio) \
prouder; proudest

Kids Definition of proud

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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