from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Proud; haughty; disdainful.
  • adj. Ostentatious; showy.
  • adj. Swollen; augmented; excessive.
  • adj. Threatening; dangerous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See orgillous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Proud; haughty.
  • Swollen; augmented; excessive; hence, threatening; dangerous.


From Middle English orgulous, orgeilous, from Old French orgueilleus, orguillus ("proud"), from orgoil, orgueil ("pride"), from Old Low Frankish *urgol (“pride”). Cognate with Old High German urguol ("excellent"), Old English orgel ("pride"). More at orgul. (Wiktionary)


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  • He was once acclaimed and orgulous
    And now is defamed and notorious.
    Now drowned are the cheers
    In the fast flowing tears
    Of wretched Oscar Pistorious.

    October 13, 2014

  • Often tagged as archaic.

    "At that time there was a knight, the which was the king's son of Ireland, and his name was Lanceor, the which was an orgulous knight, and counted himself one of the best of the court; and he had great despite at Balin for the achieving of the sword, that any should be accounted more hardy, or of more prowess." — Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte D'Arthur, (Book II, Chapter IV).

    June 14, 2009