Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Proud of wealth; puffed up with the possession of money or riches.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Affected with purse pride; puffed up with the possession of riches.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Haughty in the possession of riches.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective proud or arrogant because of your wealth (especially in the absence of other distinction)

Etymologies

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Examples

  • During the war, Ai-ling maintained a fine home in what journalist Sheen called “purse-proud and contented Hong Kong”—an elegant refuge that May-ling, pleading ill health and claiming that her doctor “had told her she would acquire cancer if she did not rest,” visited fairly often.

    The Last Empress

  • The Baron came in, very much at ease, greeted his friend Bargeton, and favored Lucien with the little nod then in vogue, which the poet in his mind called purse-proud impertinence.

    Two Poets

  • The Baron came in, very much at ease, greeted his friend Bargeton, and favored Lucien with the little nod then in vogue, which the poet in his mind called purse-proud impertinence.

    Two Poets

  • They repeated family jokes and preserved family feuds ... were given to introspection; were quite unpretentious and purse-proud; were thrifty sometimes to the point of avarice, and yet handsomely generous in behalf of any good cause or any good friend ....

    Birthplace of a Magazine

  • Nobody seemed to have enough instinct for independence and human dignity to be irritated at the idea that one purse-proud old man could prevent us all from having an ordinary human commodity if he chose.

    G.K. Speaks - The Bluff of the Big Shops

  • They repeated family jokes and preserved family feuds ... were given to introspection; were quite unpretentious and purse-proud; were thrifty sometimes to the point of avarice, and yet handsomely generous in behalf of any good cause or any good friend ....

    Birthplace of a Magazine

  • And as the young men of his own rank would not endure the purse-proud insolence of the Creole, he fell into that taste for low society, which is worse than “pressing to death, whipping, or hanging.”

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • It is sufficiently weak-minded to be proud; but this type is generally merely purse-proud; and, as Thackeray said, "It admires mean things meanly"; for example, it admires itself.

    G.K. Speaks - About the Workers

  • That purse-proud ex-linendraper, Mr. Yardley, with the yellow liveries, and the wife in red velvet?

    The Book of Snobs

  • The Bumpshers and the house of Mango at the Pineries vie together in their desire to dominate over the neighborhood; and each votes the other a vulgar and purse-proud family.

    Our Street

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