proud

adjective
\ˈprau̇d \

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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Other Words from proud

proudly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for proud

Synonyms

disdainful, haughty, highfalutin (also hifalutin), lofty, lordly, prideful, superior

Antonyms

humble, lowly, modest

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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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But the thing that makes me most proud of the American actress and activist turned royal is her unabashed feminism, especially in her public speeches. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Writes Her Speeches Herself, Because of Course She Does," 21 Nov. 2018 Make your eye doctor proud—and keep your eyes safe—by following those instructions. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Contact Lens Rules People With Dry Eyes Should Always Follow," 6 Sep. 2018 The documents that encoded the participatory democracy of which Americans tend to be so proud expressly barred the electoral, civic, and economic participation of the nonwhite and the non-male. Rebecca Traister, The Cut, "Summer of Rage," 29 June 2018 And now, Teen Vogue is proud to announce a new partnership with PopSockets with proceeds that will go directly to March For Our Lives. Teen Vogue, "Announcing PopSockets x Teen Vogue, a New Collaboration to Support March For Our Lives," 14 Nov. 2018 The lab has always boasted about its independence from Google — a line that was part defensive, part proud. James Vincent, The Verge, "Privacy advocates sound the alarm after Google grabs DeepMind UK health app," 14 Nov. 2018 But the Alteñas are an all-female mariachi group — and since their inception in 2002, their rhythmic guitarrón strums and proud trumpet blasts have bested many of their male counterparts at invitation-only competitions. Harper Smith, Allure, "The Beauty Secrets of Mariachi Las Alteñas, an All-Female Mariachi Band in the Heart of Texas," 13 Nov. 2018 Taking something head-on that makes me so uncomfortable makes me proud. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Behati Prinsloo, Kendall Jenner, and More Victoria’s Secret Angels on What Makes Them Feel Confident," 9 Nov. 2018 The proud dad just shared an image of the newborn alongside a sweet message. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Chip and Joanna Gaines' Fans Spotted the Most Insane Detail in New Photo of Crew," 30 Oct. 2018

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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

adjective

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

: 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

adjective
\ˈprau̇d \
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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proudly adverb

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