Definition of orgulous in English:



  • Haughty.

    • ‘When she read out the title of a book in her orgulous Scottish husk: ‘Why The Whales Came’, I listened and could picture both voiceless labio-velar fricatives blossom perfectly.’
    • ‘From Isles of Greece / The princes orgulous, their high blood chafed, / Have. .. sent their ships. .. / To ransack Troy.’
    • ‘Antoine usually worked with the boutique's most elite clientele and so tended to adopt an orgulous air toward more "ordinary" customers.’
    • ‘At that time there was a knight, the which was the king's son of Ireland, and his name was Lanceor, the which was an orgulous knight.’
    • ‘Looking around her, she realized she was in the company of the fiercely orgulous.’


Middle English: from Old French orguillus, from orguill ‘pride’. The word was rare from the 16th century until used by Robert Southey and Sir Walter Scott as a historical archaism and affected by 19th-century journalists.