\ ˈprau̇d How to pronounce proud (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web All of us at Three Cats thank him and are proud to be a Matt Prentice restaurant. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Longtime metro Detroit chef Matt Prentice dies at 62," 8 Apr. 2021 McMahon has also been proud of her advocacy for women in the ring. Julianne Pepitone, NBC News, "WWE's Stephanie McMahon: 'Women belong in any room they want to be in'," 8 Apr. 2021 One example that the marketing team is proud of is, Back to College. Soon Yu, Forbes, "The CMO’s New M.O.—How Bed Bath & Beyond’s Cindy Davis Is Making It Easier To Feel At Home," 7 Apr. 2021 Ironically, one trait of the elderly, Mr. Posner tells us, is usually a desire to leave a legacy and reputation our survivors can feel proud of. WSJ, "Joe Biden at His Worst," 6 Apr. 2021 Whatever the result Friday, Dover is proud of a program that is one of just two Jefferson County Public Schools teams still alive in the playoffs, joining Male. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Battle of unbeatens: Fairdale set to face Owensboro and star quarterback Gavin Wimsatt," 6 Apr. 2021 Evans was proud of his job and put a lot of time into it, Epskamp said., "‘It was not what he signed up for’: Slain Capitol Police officer loved job, but worried after insurrection," 4 Apr. 2021 McGrail, executive director of the racing commission, said the state should be proud of Oregon’s status. oregonlive, "Return of horse racing makes for a crowded field in the contest for Oregon gambling dollar," 3 Apr. 2021 Schwartz talked about being proud of Shelter Partnership’s contributions in the pandemic, but also worried about the toll the extra work took on the staff. Los Angeles Times, "Ruth Schwartz, pioneer of homeless services in L.A., dies," 31 Mar. 2021

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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 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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