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From piss (urine) + proud. Appears in Francis Grose’s A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1796):

“PISS-PROUD. Having a false erection. That old fellow thought he had an erection, but his — was only piss-proud; said of any old fellow who marries a young wife”.[1]


piss proud (not comparable)

  1. (Britain, vulgar) Having an erection when waking from sleep or, more generally or metaphorically, a false or "empty" erection.
    • 1988, George O'Brien, Dancehall Days, p150
      I fucked culture for being unnatural (it was nothing but the city's piss-proud erection).
  2. (Britain, vulgar) (by extension) Falsely proud, implying an outward display of success or virility belies a dubious reality.
    • 2000, Sandra Gulland, The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B, p30
      And my guess is that his piss-proud father told him...
    • 2003, Maureen Jennings, Let Loose the Dogs, p 291
      Full of the strong beer brewed at the camp, the men boasted, piss proud of their sexual exploits.
  3. (Britain, derogatory, dated) Denoting an old man who marries a young woman, implying the only erection he could muster would be prompted by the bladder.[1][2]
  4. (rare) Paruretic.
    • 1998, Richard H. Stratton & Kim Wozencraft, Slam: The Book, p106
      I really have to go, but nothing comes out. Not used to pissing next to twenty strangers. Piss proud?

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 “piss-proud” in A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, Francis Grose, 1796, Google Books Gutenberg Archive
  2. ^ 2003, Mark Steven Morton, The Lover's Tongue: A Merry Romp Through the Language of Love and Sex, p113