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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.

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.]

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. Rita Moreno:

    It's like you can never do right it seems, this is the man who literally has brought Latino-ness and Puerto Rican-ness to America. I couldn't do it. I mean, I would love to say I did, but I couldn't. Lin-Manuel has done that, really single-handedly, and I'm thrilled to pieces, and I'm proud that he produced my documentary.

  2. President Biden:

    From the campaign to the White House, Stephen Goepfert has been by my side, in moments big, small, and extraordinary, Stephen Goepfert's been a trusted and loyal confidant who everyone counts on and who always delivers. Jill and I will miss Stephen Goepfert, but we're proud that Stephen Goepfert will continue to serve the American people in Stephen Goepfert new role in the Biden-Harris administration as Stephen Goepfert continues Stephen Goepfert career in public service.

  3. Greg Norman:

    Phil Mickelson contributions to the sport and connection to fans around the globe can not be overstated, and we are grateful to have Phil Mickelson, phil Mickelson strengthens an exciting field for London where we’re proud to launch a new era for golf.

  4. Jody Hice:

    I’m proud to introduce the Accountable Federal Employees Act, which reigns in the unelected, unaccountable federal bureaucracy and cements President Trump’s ground-breaking policies to address failing employees. Federal employees serve hardworking American taxpayers, and we must ensure the taxpayers’ investment in the federal government is well spent.

  5. Amy McGrath:

    I am proud to have competed against these men and, undoubtedly, doing so made me a better candidate, i hope I can rely on them for their help, guidance and advice for the fight ahead of us.

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    malicious satisfaction
    • A. gloat
    • B. aberrate
    • C. suffuse
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