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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English proud, prout, prut, from Old English prūd, prūt (proud, arrogant, haughty) (compare Old English prȳtung (pride); prȳde, prȳte (pride)). Cognate with German Low German praud, Old Norse prúðr (gallant, brave, magnificent, stately, handsome, fine) (Icelandic prúður, Middle Swedish prudh, Danish prud), probably 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.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /pɹaʊd/
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  • Rhymes: -aʊd

AdjectiveEdit

proud (comparative prouder or more proud, superlative proudest or most proud)

  1. Feeling honoured (by something); feeling happy or satisfied about an event or fact; gratified.
    I am proud of Sivu’s schoolwork.
    1. That makes one feel proud (of something one did)
      That was not the proudest thing I did but I can’t deny it.
  2. Possessed of a due sense of what one deserves or is worth.
    I was too proud to apologise.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, “Justifiably Angry Young Man”, in The China Governess: A Mystery, London: Chatto & Windus, OCLC 483591931, page 93:
      I remember a lady coming to inspect St. Mary's Home where I was brought up and seeing us all in our lovely Elizabethan uniforms we were so proud of, and bursting into tears all over us because "it was wicked to dress us like charity children". We nearly crowned her we were so offended.
  3. (chiefly biblical) Having too high an opinion of oneself; arrogant, supercilious.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, [], OCLC 964384981, Proverbs 16:5:
      Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand ioyne in hand, he ſhall not be vnpuniſhed.
    • a. 1631, J[ohn] Donne, “[Holy Sonnets] Sonnet VI [Death Be Not Proud]”, in Poems, [...] with Elegies on the Authors Death, London: Printed by M[iles] F[lesher] for Iohn Marriot, [], published 1633, OCLC 1008264503, page 35:
      Death be not proud; though ſome have called thee / Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not foe, [...]
    • 1907, Hilaire Belloc, Cautionary Tales for Children, 'Godolphin Horne Who was cursed with the Sin of Pride, and Became a Boot-Black':
      Godolphin Horne was Nobly Born; / He held the human race in scorn, / And lived with all his sisters where / His father lived, in Berkeley Square. / And oh! The lad was deathly proud! / He never shook your hand or bowed, / But merely smirked and nodded thus: / How perfectly ridiculous! / Alas! That such Affected Tricks / Should flourish in a child of six!
  4. Generating a sense of pride; being a cause for pride.
    It was a proud day when we finally won the championship.
  5. Standing out or raised; swollen.
    After it had healed, the scar tissue stood proud of his flesh.
  6. (obsolete) Brave, valiant; gallant.
  7. (obsolete) Excited by sexual desire; specifically of a female animal: in heat.

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From Proto-Slavic *prǭdъ.

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proud m

  1. current
  2. (electricity) current

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