from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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. Brave, valiant; gallant.
- adj. Standing out or raised; swollen.
- adj. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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 of.
- 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.
from The 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.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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)
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)