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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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