Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • For herself she was humbled; but she was proud of him, —proud that in a cause of compassion and honour he had been able to get the better of himself.

    Chapter LII

  • I am proud of my position, because … proud of being … proud…

    Chapter XXII. Part III

  • _thought_ 'gentlemen;' so general is this desire amongst the youth of this proud money making nation, that thousands upon thousands of them are, at this moment, in a state which may end in starvation; not so much because they are too _lazy_ to earn their bread, as because they are too _proud_!

    The Young Man's Guide

  • After a childhood spent "surveiling" the protected "legitimate" family, a term proud Gwen hates, rebellious teenaged Dana inserts herself into her half-sister's life, with tragic results.

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  • Badu has all the freakiness, ambition, and relevance that bigger or fresher names get credited for, and is one of the few "neo-soul" artists still doing the label proud, but doesn't get the same hype.

    Slate Magazine

  • Just as he was finishing the second window, Emma traced inside the scant light of the bedroom and smiled softly at him, her expression proud.

    Kresley Cole Immortals After Dark: The Clan MacRieve

  • Cecilia sailed gracefully past, her expression proud, unruffled.

    A Hopeless Romantic

  • December 1st, 2009 11: 14 pm ET great speech, this president tells the truth .. makes me again proud to be a citizen in our nation with a honest president to lead us forward out of the lies and threats of the past administration. and getting our country on track in every problem from peace to back to work americans .. again I am proud to have voted for Mr. Obama

    Just In: Key Obama speech excerpts released

  • Secondly, I believe the blind loyalty oath would make Hitler and Stalin proud and I have no intention of honoring it.

    Chris Ingram: Confessions of a Republican

  • Left as in proud Socialists who had a coherent ideology to back them up.

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  • "These seedlings need to be planted just proud of ground level."
    - presenter, Gardening Australia (tv show), 21 July 2012.

    July 21, 2012

  • *feeling pleased and satisfied about something we own or we do
    *having respect for ourselves
    *self-esteem
    *confidence

    May 14, 2009

  • I'm proud of my best friend.

    May 14, 2009

  • feeling satisfied to do

    May 14, 2009

  • stolz

    feeling pleasurable satisfaction over an act

    May 14, 2009

  • A peacock is a proud animal.

    May 14, 2009