proud

adjective
\ 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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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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Keys was undoubtedly proud to share the stage with Egypt and took to Instagram to post two touching videos. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alicia Keys' Son Flirting with Taylor Swift is the Cutest Part of the 2019 iHeartRadio Awards," 15 Mar. 2019 Outdoor entertaining was at the heart of Old Hollywood, so fling open the doors and set the stage for a party that would make even the Rat Pack proud. Heather Corcoran, ELLE Decor, "How to Bring Old Hollywood Into Your Home," 19 Mar. 2019 The movie Mamma Mia was also filmed on Mount Pelion and the locals are still proud of their role in it. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018 The house is full of exterior and interior details that the architects are proud of and that the couple loves. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "Embracing nature—and minimalism—in North Carolina," 26 Nov. 2018 Most black holes are proud of themselves, sucking down matter right before our very eyes. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Galaxy mergers hide ravenous supermassive black holes," 14 Nov. 2018 The spectrum of hues was incredibly broad—from the pale blush of a rose petal to shocking tones that would have made Elsa Schiaparelli proud—and thus attractive to a wide spectrum of women. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "5 Takeaways From Spring 2019 Couture," 26 Jan. 2019 This person is so, so proud of their choice to not participate in our consumerist society. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Black Friday, explained by 4 social media “hot takes”," 23 Nov. 2018 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

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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
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

proud

adjective
\ 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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