American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Feeling pleasurable satisfaction over an act, possession, quality, or relationship by which one measures one's stature or self-worth: proud of one's child; proud to serve one's country.
- adj. Occasioning or being a reason for pride: "On January 1, 1900, Americans and Europeans greeted the twentieth century in the proud and certain belief that the next hundred years would make all things possible” ( W. Bruce Lincoln).
- adj. Feeling or showing justifiable self-respect.
- adj. Filled with or showing excessive self-esteem.
- adj. Of great dignity; honored: a proud name.
- adj. Majestic; magnificent: proud alpine peaks.
- adj. Spirited. Used of an animal: proud steeds.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having or cherishing a high opinion of one's own merits; showing great or lofty self-esteem; expecting great deference or consideration; haughty; full of pride. Specifically — Having undue or inordinate pride; arrogant; haughty; supercilious; presumptuous.
- Having a worthy and becoming sense of what is due to one's self; self-respecting: as, too proud to beg.
- Priding one's self; having high satisfaction; elated: as, proud to serve a cause.
- Proceeding from pride; daring; dignified.
- Of fearless or untamable spirit; full of vigor or mettle.
- Giving reason or occasion for pride, congratulation, or boasting; suggesting or exciting pride; ostentatious; grand; gorgeous; magnificent.
- Full; high; swelled.
- Stately, noble. See references under pride.
- To be proud or haughty.
- To be full of spirit or animation; be gay.
- To be excited by sexual desire.
- To make or render proud.
- adj. Gratified; feeling honoured (by something); feeling satisfied or happy about a fact or event.
- adj. Possessed of a due sense of what one is worth or deserves.
- adj. Having too high an opinion of oneself; arrogant, supercilious.
- adj. Generating a sense of pride; being a cause for pride.
- adj. obsolete Brave, valiant; gallant.
- adj. Standing out or raised; swollen.
- adj. obsolete Excited by sexual desire; (of female animals) in heat.
- adj. Happy, usually used with a sense of honor, as in "I'm so proud to have you in our town." But occasionally just plain happy as in "I'm proud to see gas prices down." This is a widespread colloquial usage in the southern United States.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Feeling or manifesting pride, in a good or bad sense.
- adj. Possessing or showing too great self-esteem; overrating one's excellences; hence, arrogant; haughty; lordly; presumptuous.
- adj. Having a feeling of high self-respect or self-esteem; exulting (in); elated; -- often with
- adj. Giving reason or occasion for pride or self-gratulation; worthy of admiration; grand; splendid; magnificent; admirable; ostentatious.
- adj. Excited by sexual desire; -- applied particularly to the females of some animals.
- adj. having or displaying great dignity or nobility
- adj. feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride
- From Middle English proud, prout, prut, from Old English prūd, prūt ("proud, arrogant, haughty"; compare Old English prȳtung ("pride"); prȳde, prȳte ("pride")). Cognate with Old Norse prúðr ("gallant, brave, magnificent, stately, handsome, fine"; > Icelandic prúður, Middle Swedish prudh, Danish prud), of unknown origin. Perhaps from Vulgar Latin, from Old French prod, prud ("brave, gallant"; > French preux), from an assumed Late Latin *prōdis, related to Latin prōdesse ("to be of value"); however, the Old English umlaut derivatives prȳte, prȳtian, etc. suggest the word may be older and possibly native. See also pride. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English prūd, from Old French prou, prud, brave, virtuous, oblique case of prouz, from Vulgar Latin *prōdis, from Late Latin prōde, advantageous, from Latin prōdesse, to be good : prōd-, for (variant of prō-, with d on the model of red-, prevocalic variant of re-, back, again; see pro-1) + esse, to be; see es- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“For herself she was humbled; but she was proud of him, proud that in a cause of compassion and honour he had been able to get the better of himself.”
“I am proud of my position, because proud of being proud ”
“_thought_ 'gentlemen;' so general is this desire amongst the youth of this proud money making nation, that thousands upon thousands of them are, at this moment, in a state which may end in starvation; not so much because they are too _lazy_ to earn their bread, as because they are too _proud_!”
“After a childhood spent "surveiling" the protected "legitimate" family, a term proud Gwen hates, rebellious teenaged Dana inserts herself into her half-sister's life, with tragic results.”
“Badu has all the freakiness, ambition, and relevance that bigger or fresher names get credited for, and is one of the few "neo-soul" artists still doing the label proud, but doesn't get the same hype.”
“Just as he was finishing the second window, Emma traced inside the scant light of the bedroom and smiled softly at him, her expression proud.”
“Cecilia sailed gracefully past, her expression proud, unruffled.”
“December 1st, 2009 11: 14 pm ET great speech, this president tells the truth .. makes me again proud to be a citizen in our nation with a honest president to lead us forward out of the lies and threats of the past administration. and getting our country on track in every problem from peace to back to work americans .. again I am proud to have voted for Mr. Obama”
“Secondly, I believe the blind loyalty oath would make Hitler and Stalin proud and I have no intention of honoring it.”
“Left as in proud Socialists who had a coherent ideology to back them up.”
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