Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Proud of one's house or its furnishings or upkeep.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Proud of one's house, its furnishings, or its upkeep.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. proud of one's house or its furnishings or upkeep.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Careful and busy as a housekeeper; vain of one's housekeeping.

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

  • adj. proud of your house or its furnishings or upkeep

Etymologies

From house +‎ proud. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • On the first occasion, Sir Ralph, a fireworks enthusiast, had been invited by Olivier and his house-proud future wife, Vivien Leigh, to celebrate her birthday at their bijoux London home.

    John Heilpern

  • From my window I observed all the preparations, including the meticulous rearrangement along the street of the various pint-sized glossy-red Renault fire-engines so as to open up the necessary space inside the cour; the stocking of large ice-boxes with mountains of refraichements; the watering of the geraniums in the window-boxes; the house-proud sweeping, primping, buffing, and tidying that distinguishes the corporate pride of this small army of efficient, exceptionally handsome young men.

    Grand bal des sapeurs-pompiers

  • As I toured the galleries with the VMFA's ebullient director, Alex Nyerges, and his house-proud curators, it was clear that the 165,000-square-foot expansion, designed by the American-born, London-based architect Rick Mather, had deftly accomplished its purpose providing art-friendly spaces for the museum's large and growing collections and temporary exhibitions, while simplifying the complexities of navigating the museum's original 1936 building, three successive additions and the new wing.

    Virginia Is for Art Lovers

  • To the contrary, the company took on a comeback campaign, identifying new and distinctly on-brand ways to tell its story to appeal to the current and growing house-proud audience.

    For Playboy, Chevrolet Corvette: Lessons From Martha Stewart

  • " I think of this as almost a new museum for the City of New York and I ' m hoping the public will respond in the same way, " the house-proud director declared while escorting me around his fixer-upper, where he had once served as the head of drawings and prints.

    Morgan in a New Light

  • Lately I've gotten hooked on the How Clean Is Your House series, and danged if I'm not turning into a "house-proud" southern gal.

    In case anyone wondered....

  • The house-proud Harvester is similarly sex-deprived, but he goes beyond private self-denial to public crusading.

    Catacomb Efreet

  • Yesterday was interesting in terms of holiday writing on "tradition;" a piece in our local paper about housekeeping, and the idea that it is no longer hip for younger women to be house-proud aligned strangely with another I read, via Bookshelves O' Doom, in the Guardian about 'Girl Wonders', and the subversive charm of the heroine, she who lived outside the circle of the 'normal' and did her own thing.

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • But he hadn't counted on his house-proud wife Jane causing comical mayhem.

    Time Off Europe Calendar

  • To drive the point home, Roger pointed out yet another change that took place after the fire: “In contrast to the immaculately clean swept floors of earlier phases, the new floors have much more rubbish on them and are less well kept, perhaps a sign of a not too house-proud elderly male.”

    The Goddess and the Bull

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  • From the examples: “On the first occasion, Sir Ralph, a fireworks enthusiast, had been invited by Olivier and his house-proud future wife, Vivien Leigh, to celebrate her birthday at their bijoux London home.”

    April 11, 2013