\ 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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proudly adverb

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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 Members — all male — are proud of their tough-guy image. Will Carless, USA TODAY, "Police response to Washington, D.C., stabbing another sign law enforcement favors Proud Boys," 12 Nov. 2020 Sankey is proud of how much the SEC has already been able to accomplish. Giana Han, al, "SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey ‘shaken’ by week’s events," 11 Nov. 2020 Dominick Savona, who died two years ago at 81, was proud of his children and was deeply affected in 2015 by a ceremony in downtown Detroit at Cobo Center — a UAW Ford Community Service Awards event honoring advocacy on behalf of veterans. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Inspired by his father, Ford exec leads network of 6,000 veterans within company," 11 Nov. 2020 The restaurant is proud of its boozy slushies, available in several flavors including Big Red, lemonade and sweet tea. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Hot Chicks Nashville Hot Chicken restaurant expected to open in West Plano," 10 Nov. 2020 Paul Stanley was proud of how his loyal crew protected KISS’s territory but places the knife fight in Maryland. Clark Collis,, "Read an excerpt from They Just Seem a Little Weird: How KISS, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, and Starz Remade Rock and Roll," 19 Nov. 2020 Lately, she's been proud of her taquitos, but on Tuesday, November 24, Sarah is putting her skills to the test by teaming up with Travelocity to host a free virtual Zoom cooking class that's open to the public. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, "Sarah Michelle Gellar Reveals How She's Making the Most of Quarantine," 19 Nov. 2020 Rudisel is proud of Vigo County’s bellwether history. Claire Galofaro,, "The counties that predict presidential election winners didn’t this year. Just look at Terre Haute, Indiana.," 18 Nov. 2020 But overall, Obama recalls being proud of his White House's behavior. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Obama brags of 'without exception' scandal-free White House in memoir," 17 Nov. 2020

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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 1 Dec. 2020.

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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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