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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Residents in our community are proud to see local authors on the shelves, and to see their perspectives reflected on our shelves. USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2024 Leo: The lion’s qualities can be extreme and dramatic, as well as tenacious and proud. Lisa Stardust, Peoplemag, 12 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for proud 

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Word History


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

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The first known use of proud was before the 12th century

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“Proud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proud. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: having or displaying excessive self-esteem
a proud manner
: much pleased
proud parents of a hero
: having proper self-respect
too proud to beg
: magnificent sense 1, glorious
a proud record
: vigorous sense 1, spirited
a proud horse
proudly adverb

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