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Princeton's WordNet

  1. proudadjective

    feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride

    "proud parents"; "proud of his accomplishments"; "a proud moment"; "proud to serve his country"; "a proud name"; "proud princes"

  2. gallant, lofty, majestic, proudadjective

    having or displaying great dignity or nobility

    "a gallant pageant"; "lofty ships"; "majestic cities"; "proud alpine peaks"


  1. proudadjective

    Gratified; feeling honoured (by something); feeling satisfied or happy about a fact or event.

    I am proud of Sivu's schoolwork.

  2. proudadjective

    Possessed of a due sense of what one is worth or deserves.

    I was too proud to apologise.

  3. proudadjective

    Having too high an opinion of oneself; arrogant, supercilious.

  4. proudadjective

    Generating a sense of pride; being a cause for pride.

    It was a proud day when we finally won the championship.

  5. proudadjective

    Brave, valiant; gallant.

  6. proudadjective

    Standing out or raised; swollen.

    After it had healed, the scar tissue stood proud of his flesh.

  7. proudadjective

    Excited by sexual desire; (of female animals) in heat.

  8. proudadjective

    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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PROUDadjective

    Etymology: prude or prut , Saxon

    The proudest admirer of his own parts might find it useful to consult with others, though of inferior capacity. Isaac Watts.

    Fortune, that with malicious joy,
    Does man her slave oppress,
    Proud of her office to destroy,
    Is seldom pleas’d to bless. John Dryden, Horace.

    In vain of pompous chastity you’re proud,
    Virtue’s adultery of the tongue, when loud. Dryden.

    High as the mother of the gods in place,
    And proud, like her, of an immortal race. Dryden.

    The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Ecclus.

    A foe so proud will not the weaker seek. John Milton.

    By his understanding he smiteth through the proud. Job.

    The blood foretold the giant’s fall,
    By this proud Palmer’s hand. Michael Drayton.

    The proud attempt thou hast repell’d. John Milton.

    Proud Sparta with their wheels resounds. Alexander Pope.

    He like a proud steed rein’d, went haughty on. John Milton.

    So much is true, that the said country of Atlantis, as well as that of Peru, then called Coya, as that of Mexico, then named Tyrambel, were mighty and proud kingdoms in arms, shipping and riches. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.

    City and proud seat. John Milton.

    Storms of stones from the proud temple’s height
    Pour down, and on our batter’d helms alight. Dryden.

    The palace built by Picus vast and proud,
    Supported by a hundred pillars. Dryden.

    I better brook the loss of brittle life,
    Than those proud titles thou hast won of me. William Shakespeare.

    That camphire begets in men an impotency unto venery, observation will hardly confirm, and we have found it fail in cocks and hens, which was a more favourable tryal than that of Joseph Justus Scaliger, when he gave it unto a bitch that was proud. Bro.

    When the vessels are too lax, and do not sufficiently resist the influx of the liquid, that begets a fungus or proud flesh. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    This eminence is composed of little points, called fungus or proud flesh. Samuel Sharp, Surgery.


  1. Proud

    Proud is a song by M People singer Heather Small, which was released in May 2000, peaking at number 16 on the UK Singles Chart. It was the title track from her debut album Proud, and was released as her first single becoming a worldwide hit. The song was co-written with and produced by Peter-John Vettese. In 2005, the song was adopted as the official theme for the London 2012 Olympic bid, and was featured in a widely seen promotional video for the bid. Re-released in honour of this, and due to the fact a new M People greatest hits titled Ultimate Collection, which also included two of Small's solo songs, was released the same year, the song returned to the UK Singles Chart peaking at number 33 and remaining in the Top 75 for two more weeks. The song was also re-released on The Biggest Loser soundtrack in 2006. It peaked at number 34.


  1. proud

    Proud generally means feeling a deep sense of satisfaction or pleasure in one's achievements, abilities, or qualities. It can refer to a positive emotional state when one is content with oneself or another person, group, or accomplishment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Proud

    feeling or manifesting pride, in a good or bad sense

  2. Proud

    possessing or showing too great self-esteem; overrating one's excellences; hence, arrogant; haughty; lordly; presumptuous

  3. Proud

    having a feeling of high self-respect or self-esteem; exulting (in); elated; -- often with of; as, proud of one's country

  4. Proud

    giving reason or occasion for pride or self-gratulation; worthy of admiration; grand; splendid; magnificent; admirable; ostentatious

  5. Proud

    excited by sexual desire; -- applied particularly to the females of some animals

  6. Etymology: [OE. proud, prout, prud, prut, AS. prt; akin to Icel. prr stately, handsome, Dan. prud handsome. Cf. Pride.]


  1. Proud

    Proud is the debut solo album by Heather Small, lead singer of M People. The title track was released as the first single and became a hit worldwide.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Proud

    prowd (comp. Proud′er; superl. Proud′est), adj. having excessive self-esteem: arrogant: haughty: having a proper sense of what is becoming: daring: grand: ostentatious: giving reason for pride or boasting.—n. Proud′-flesh, a growth or excrescence of flesh in a wound.—adjs. Proud′-heart′ed (Shak.), having a proud spirit; Proud′ish, somewhat proud.—adv. Proud′ly.—adj. Proud′-mind′ed (Shak.), proud in mind.—n. Proud′ness, the state or quality of being proud: pride.—adjs. Proud′-pied (Shak.), gorgeously variegated; Proud′-stom′ached, of haughty spirit, arrogant. [A.S. prut, proud, prýte, pride.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. PROUD

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Proud is ranked #21034 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Proud surname appeared 1,250 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Proud.

    94.8% or 1,185 total occurrences were White.
    2% or 25 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.2% or 15 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 13 total occurrences were Black.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Proud' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3207

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Proud' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2885

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Proud' in Adjectives Frequency: #420

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Proud in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Proud in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Proud in a Sentence

  1. Arthur Godfrey:

    I'm proud to be paying taxes in the United States. The only thing is -- I could be just as proud for half the money.

  2. Frank Siller:

    Maritza, Rafael is looking down on you today and he is so proud of you. He’s so proud of you the way that you’ve carried yourself for the last 19 months with such dignity and strength, so proud of you that you decided to remain in the home where you shared so many of your memories and dreams … I know that he is most proud of you that you turned to Christ.

  3. Ruckett:

    A vulgar mind is proud in prosperity and humble in adversity. A noble mind is humble in prosperity and proud in adversity.

  4. Donald Trump:

    I'm part of the establishment because I'm Barbara Bush's son. I embrace that each and every day, i'm proud of my dad, I'm proud of my brother, I'm proud of being a Bush.

  5. John Miller:

    The heave-ho of everyone getting through -- you have Oath Keepers next to Proud Boys next to white supremacists, that's what makes this a dangerous time, the movement is energized and Proud Boys're emboldened by surprise success on [ January ] 6th. I think Proud Boys're surprised. Proud Boys didn't plan to Nth degree, and to be able to breach the pillar of democracy, that's going to motivate Proud Boys.

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