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”.
piss proud (not comparable)
- (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).
- (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.
- (Britain, pejorative, dated) Denoting an old man who marries a young woman, implying the only erection he could muster would be prompted by the bladder.
- (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?