Proud
Proud Proud, a. [Compar. {Prouder}; superl. {Proudest}.] [OE. proud, prout, prud, prut, AS. pr[=u]t; akin to Icel. pr[=u][eth]r stately, handsome, Dan. prud handsome. Cf. {Pride}.] 1. Feeling or manifesting pride, in a good or bad sense; as: (a) Possessing or showing too great self-esteem; overrating one's excellences; hence, arrogant; haughty; lordly; presumptuous. [1913 Webster]

Nor much expect A foe so proud will first the weaker seek. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

O death, made proud with pure and princely beauty ! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

And shades impervious to the proud world's glare. --Keble. [1913 Webster] (b) Having a feeling of high self-respect or self-esteem; exulting (in); elated; -- often with of; as, proud of one's country. ``Proud to be checked and soothed.'' --Keble. [1913 Webster]

Are we proud men proud of being proud ? --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

2. Giving reason or occasion for pride or self-gratulation; worthy of admiration; grand; splendid; magnificent; admirable; ostentatious. ``Of shadow proud.'' --Chapman. ``Proud titles.'' --Shak. `` The proud temple's height.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Till tower, and dome, and bridge-way proud Are mantled with a golden cloud. --Keble. [1913 Webster]

3. Excited by sexual desire; -- applied particularly to the females of some animals. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

Note: Proud is often used with participles in the formation of compounds which, for the most part, are self-explaining; as, proud-crested, proud-minded, proud-swelling. [1913 Webster]

{Proud flesh} (Med.), a fungous growth or excrescence of granulations resembling flesh, in a wound or ulcer. [1913 Webster]


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  • proud — [ praud ] adjective ** 1. ) feeling happy about your achievements, your possessions, or people you are connected with: proud of: We re so proud of her for telling the truth. proud to do something: I m proud to say that we made the right decision …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • proud — (adj.) late O.E. prud, prute, probably from O.Fr. prud, oblique case of adjective prouz brave, valiant (11c.), from L.L. prode advantageous, profitable (c.200), from L. prodesse be useful, from pro before (see PRO (Cf. pro ) + esse …   Etymology dictionary

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  • proud */*/ — UK [praʊd] / US adjective Word forms proud : adjective proud comparative prouder superlative proudest Metaphor: Being too proud, and thinking that you are better than other people, is like being high up. Being humble is like being low down. I can …   English dictionary

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