Definition of proud in English:

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Pronunciation: /praʊd/


1Feeling deep pleasure or satisfaction as a result of one’s own achievements, qualities, or possessions or those of someone with whom one is closely associated: a proud grandma of three boys she got nine passes and he was so proud of her
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  • As I said during the last couple of weeks, everyone in our Association is very proud of her achievements.
  • The cousins' parents were delighted and very proud of their sons achievements.
  • Before Labour left office, there was a high level of customer satisfaction of 89 per cent, another achievement to be proud of.
1.1(Of an event, achievement, etc.) causing someone to feel proud: we have a proud history of innovation
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  • This party has a long, proud history of opposing anti-Semitism.
  • The after-party was an enormously proud event for me that night.
  • The centre was a proud achievement for all concerned and is a wonderful amenity for all age groups.
happy, good, memorable, notable, red-letter, glorious, splendid, wonderful, marvellous
2Having or showing a high or excessively high opinion of oneself or one’s importance: he was a proud, arrogant man
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  • We never like a person who is haughty, too proud, or condescending.
  • You're arrogant and proud and you have no sense of what's important in life.
  • He was proud, arrogant, and most importantly he thought that he was God's gift to women.
2.1Conscious of one’s own dignity: I was too proud to go home
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  • He was a very proud man, very conscious of his noble birth, and he always wore an old fashioned angurka [long Muslim frockcoat].
  • Yet they remain proud and defiant, demanding respect, dignity, and sovereignty - very Korean traits.
  • They were very proud, independent, had a lot of dignity.
arrogant, conceited, vain, self-important, full of oneself, narcissistic, egotistical, puffed up, jumped-up, boastful, smug, complacent, disdainful, condescending, pretentious, scornful, supercilious, snobbish, imperious, pompous, overbearing, bumptious, lordly, presumptuous, overweening, haughty, high and mighty, high-handed
informal cocky, big-headed, swollen-headed, too big for one's boots, stuck-up, uppity, snooty, toffee-nosed, highfalutin
informal, dated too big for one's breeches
literary vainglorious
rare hubristic
2.2Imposing; splendid: bulrushes emerge tall and proud from the middle of the pond
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  • Dolly's coat is back to almost normal, her tail is bushy and splendid once more, proud and prominent and waving in the air.
  • These names were old, proud and noble; fit to house my heroes in pinstriped jerseys.
  • Once the proud residences of merchant princes and princelings, they have fallen sadly from grace.
magnificent, splendid, resplendent, grand, noble, stately, imposing, dignified, distinguished, august, illustrious, striking, impressive, majestic, glorious, sumptuous, marvellous, awe-inspiring, awesome, monumental, palatial, statuesque, heroic;
3 [predicative] British Slightly projecting from a surface: balls standing proud of the fabric
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  • Remarkably, the horn had been thinned down in antiquity, leaving only a curious ‘keel’ raised proud on the underside.
  • Outliners are fairly firm and leave a proud surface, while the paints can be spread within their area either with the nozzle or with a brush.
  • Next, fill the hole and crater completely with drywall compound, plus an additional thin skiff of compound that sits slightly proud of the surface.
projecting, sticking out/up, jutting, jutting out, protruding, prominent, raised, convex, elevated
3.1Denoting flesh that has grown round a healing wound with excessive granulation of the tissues.
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  • Exuberant granulation tissue, or proud flesh as it is more commonly known, is part of the normal wound healing response in the horse.
  • All wounds that are not sutured heal with granulation tissue. So granulation tissue is good until it gets out of control and grows out of the wound past the skin edge. Then it becomes proud flesh and it prevents healing of the skin over the wound.


do someone proud

Act in a way that gives someone cause to feel pleased or satisfied: they did themselves proud in a game which sent the fans home happy
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  • They are a young team and they came to Croke Park and did everyone proud, they certainly did me proud.
  • He did his people proud and he did New Zealand proud.
  • I hope I continue to do you proud and I look forward to seeing you again.’
1.1Treat someone very well, typically by lavishly feeding or entertaining them.
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  • Our young actresses did us proud with a most entertaining production based on a wake.
  • Our chefs did us proud by clearly drawing out the peerless differences in the flavour of Pakistani cuisine.



Pronunciation: /ˈpraʊdnəs/
Example sentences
  • ‘Yes, she is extremely quick on her feet', he said with much proudness in his voice.
  • When he paused the girl seemed overcome with determination, a certain proudness, and royalty about her.
  • He looked like a new rose, such proudness and such a gentle looking creature but covered with thorns of pain and danger.


Late Old English prūt, prūd 'having a high opinion of one's own worth', from Old French prud 'valiant', based on Latin prodesse 'be of value'. The phrase proud flesh dates back to late Middle English, but the sense 'slightly projecting' is first recorded in English dialect of the 19th century.

Words that rhyme with proud

aloud, becloud, cloud, crowd, enshroud, loud, Macleod, shroud, Stroud, unavowed, unbowed, unendowed, unploughed (US unplowed)

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