\ 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 Of all the things Altman was proud of after the win, including Chandler Lawson (five rebounds) and Franck Kepnang (3 for 3) combining to go 5 of 6 from the field with eight rebounds, winning the battle of the boards was at the top of the list. oregonlive, "Chris Duarte hits game-winning three to get Oregon men’s basketball past Arizona," 13 Feb. 2021 Massachusetts is proud of its particular brand of contrariness. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Lobster rolls at San Antonio food truck Masshole are so good they sell out in a couple of hours," 12 Feb. 2021 Washington would have been proud of his leading senior, who finished with 24 points. Chris Dabe,, "Dabe: Karr girls remember late basketball coach Jack Washington in first game after his death," 8 Feb. 2021 Costa has been proud of his team’s defense, which has helped the Panthers contend against some of the league’s toughest squads. Matt Doherty,, "Too close for comfort, but this time the Cathedral boys’ basketball team closes out victory," 2 Feb. 2021 Chris Beard was proud of the way his team fought, regardless of the result of the game. Dallas News, "3 takeaways from No. 10 Texas Tech’s win over LSU: Mac McClung’s late heroics lead Red Raiders past Tigers," 30 Jan. 2021 Indiana’s state protections for wetlands are something to be proud of, said John Ryan of the Wetlands Banking Group of Indiana. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "'Last line of defense': New bill would strip protections for many of Indiana's wetlands," 26 Jan. 2021 Celebrities aren't the only ones who are proud of JoJo. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "All of the Supportive Responses JoJo Siwa Has Received After Coming Out," 25 Jan. 2021 That association and her experience at U of M helped her embrace and be proud of her heritage, giving her the confidence and belief in herself to eventually go to medical school. Frank Vaisvilas, Star Tribune, "Native American woman rose from poverty to become a doctor," 25 Jan. 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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22 Feb 2021

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“Proud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 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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