Definition of proud in US English:



  • 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 As and he was so proud of her’
    • ‘Another thing I'm proud of was the quality of debating.’
    • ‘They have seen good governance, they have seen delivery on promises, and they have seen a leader whom we are proud of.’
    • ‘Everyone in the plant is proud of their quality record.’
    • ‘The cousins' parents were delighted and very proud of their sons achievements.’
    • ‘We are proud of the quality of scholarship and imagination represented in this issue.’
    • ‘We felt proud of the high quality provision for our pupils.’
    • ‘Not many players ever get to do that in any division and I was very proud of that achievement, very pleased with what I was doing.’
    • ‘As I said during the last couple of weeks, everyone in our Association is very proud of her achievements.’
    • ‘It shows me that this is a maker who is proud of the quality and attention to detail he puts into his work.’
    • ‘We have passed 40,000 visits here and while that is nothing compared with some sites, I am proud of the quality of readership that regularly visits.’
    • ‘She was to be proud of her heritage, proud of whom she was.’
    • ‘I'm very proud of the quality of the work, and most people have no difficulty with that.’
    • ‘He was loyal to and proud of the pupils whom he taught.’
    • ‘As a teacher, it was satisfying to see kids proud of their artistic creations.’
    • ‘But in the end, my wife, whom I'm extremely proud of, gave birth to a bouncing baby boy.’
    • ‘I have four wonderful boys who make me so proud to be a Dad.’
    • ‘All she wanted was a father, someone whom she could be proud of.’
    • ‘Before Labour left office, there was a high level of customer satisfaction of 89 per cent, another achievement to be proud of.’
    • ‘We are all very proud of her achievements and delighted her efforts have been recognised in this way.’
    • ‘Not only was I proud of my achievements, deep down I believed they made me a praiseworthy and successful human being.’
    pleased, pleased with, glad, glad about, glad at, happy, happy about, happy at, happy with, delighted, delighted about, delighted at, delighted with, joyful, joyful at, overjoyed, overjoyed at, overjoyed over, thrilled, thrilled about, thrilled at, thrilled by, thrilled with, well pleased, well pleased with, satisfied, satisfied with, gratified, gratified at, content, content at, appreciative, appreciative of
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    1. 1.1 (of an event, achievement, etc.) causing someone to feel proud.
      ‘we have a proud history of innovation’
      • ‘The SCLC has a proud history of militant union activity.’
      • ‘We've have a proud history negotiating positive change.’
      • ‘This party has a long, proud history of opposing anti-Semitism.’
      • ‘It was a very proud occasion for all involved in the paper.’
      • ‘Finally, I am able to bring you a new dream this morning, on a proud occasion for this website and my other web writings.’
      • ‘The after-party was an enormously proud event for me that night.’
      • ‘Head teacher Andrew Cummings said it was a proud occasion for the school and wanted to thank everyone who had been involved for their support.’
      • ‘The Councillor said the launch was a proud occasion for himself and for the community of Foxford.’
      • ‘It saddens me to see this proud contest fall into oblivion, for it was once a very important event for American school-children.’
      • ‘Other proud achievements of her time in Rochdale were tackling Asian housing problems and homelessness issues.’
      • ‘She talked about the National Party's proud 67-year history of commitment to families.’
      • ‘The centre court is in a class of its own and the Championships boast such a proud history.’
      • ‘The last working dry docks in Greater Manchester are finally being shut down - marking the end of a long and proud history.’
      • ‘The centre was a proud achievement for all concerned and is a wonderful amenity for all age groups.’
      • ‘Already hailed by the motoring press, the all-new Fiesta is set to continue the nameplate's proud achievements on the Irish market.’
      • ‘He added his congratulations and said the publication of the book was a proud occasion for the whole area of Ballyroan.’
      • ‘The Republican Party has a proud history of standing up for freedom and opportunity for all Americans.’
      • ‘Both clubs have a proud history and tradition and Sunday's contest will throw-up more than a few interesting individual duals.’
      • ‘The Australian Labor Party has a proud history of inclusiveness, embracing a broad range of social, cultural and economic issues.’
      • ‘This book pays tribute to the artists who recorded the actions of the U.S. military throughout its proud history.’
      pleasing, gratifying, satisfying, fulfilling, rewarding, cheering, heart-warming
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  • 2Having or showing a high or excessively high opinion of oneself or one's importance.

    ‘a proud, arrogant man’
    • ‘Colonel Solent was a snobbish, proud man, dressed similarly to his soldiers, but with a blue tunic and red belt.’
    • ‘She seemed quite satisfied and proud of herself for some reason.’
    • ‘He was proud, arrogant, and most importantly he thought that he was God's gift to women.’
    • ‘He insulted me and accused me of being proud and bigheaded.’
    • ‘Her demeanor was proud and haughty, and her stance bespoke power and determination.’
    • ‘She smiled, a bit embarrassed, a bit proud, pretending to scribble something in her notebook.’
    • ‘Elizabeth, vain and proud about her legendary beauty, was convinced she'd found the secret of youth.’
    • ‘She was my mother's mother, a proud, snooty woman who had never really forgiven my mom for marrying my dad.’
    • ‘He had a proud, smug, smile plastered over his dark face, eyeing Sora knowingly as if he finally got the answer he needed.’
    • ‘Her own face had a delicate nose and ears; her eyes had an elegant curve to them, and her mouth was almost haughtily proud.’
    • ‘Her upturned profile, proud but not snobbish, promises to cut through the stormy seas ahead.’
    • ‘Bold and proud, the foursome swaggered around the stage as if they owned it.’
    • ‘No, this proud and haughty woman had returned to her father's palace, and was complaining there.’
    • ‘Entering with his majestic walking stick and brightly-coloured cloth draped over his arm, Mantose appeared proud and arrogant.’
    • ‘I was smug and proud that I wasn't your average male hack comic, but I wasn't showing who I was.’
    • ‘Previous management were either too proud or too arrogant to accept the fact that their attempts at empire building had gone seriously awry.’
    • ‘You're arrogant and proud and you have no sense of what's important in life.’
    • ‘We never like a person who is haughty, too proud, or condescending.’
    • ‘Aayla didn't think much of him other than he seemed like a nice guy, if a bit proud and on the stuck-up-y side.’
    • ‘This girl was of a proud and arrogant nature and completely ignored him despite the fact that he met her as often as he could in the society circle in which they moved.’
    haughty, conceited, hubristic, self-important, opinionated, egotistic, full of oneself, superior
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    1. 2.1 Having or showing a consciousness of one's own dignity.
      ‘I was too proud to go home’
      • ‘My mother is a proud woman and walked away with dignity.’
      • ‘There is a dignity and rage to his character, a proud father wanting to do best for his family.’
      • ‘They were very proud, independent, had a lot of dignity.’
      • ‘Yet they remain proud and defiant, demanding respect, dignity, and sovereignty - very Korean traits.’
      • ‘He spoke with dignity and pride, and then she too became proud.’
      • ‘He was a very proud man, very conscious of his noble birth, and he always wore an old fashioned angurka [long Muslim frockcoat].’
      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
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    2. 2.2 Imposing; splendid.
      ‘bulrushes emerge tall and proud from the middle of the pond’
      • ‘These names were old, proud and noble; fit to house my heroes in pinstriped jerseys.’
      • ‘A table stood strong and proud in the middle of the room with four chairs at each end, standing like solitary guards.’
      • ‘Once the proud residences of merchant princes and princelings, they have fallen sadly from grace.’
      • ‘Dolly's coat is back to almost normal, her tail is bushy and splendid once more, proud and prominent and waving in the air.’
      • ‘I also believe that the beaver is a truly proud and noble animal, although I am not Canadian.’
      magnificent, splendid, resplendent, grand, noble, stately, imposing, dignified, distinguished, august, illustrious, striking, impressive, majestic, glorious, sumptuous, marvellous, awe-inspiring, awesome, monumental, palatial, statuesque, heroic
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  • 3British predicative Slightly projecting from a surface.

    ‘when the brake is engaged, the lever does not stand proud of the horizontal’
    • ‘Next, fill the hole and crater completely with drywall compound, plus an additional thin skiff of compound that sits slightly proud of the surface.’
    • ‘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.’
    projecting, sticking out, sticking up, jutting, jutting out, protruding, prominent, raised, convex, elevated
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  • do someone proud

    • 1informal Act in a way that gives someone cause to feel pleased or satisfied.

      ‘they did themselves proud in a game that sent the fans home happy’
      • ‘We congratulate our swimmers for participating on the day and doing us proud, competing against swimmers who get to swim all year round.’
      • ‘We now have a squad to be proud of so lets hope they do us proud and lets become the best in the country again, then Europe.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘They are a young team and they came to Croke Park and did everyone proud, they certainly did me proud.’
      1. 1.1Treat someone very well, typically by lavishly feeding or entertaining them.
        • ‘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.’


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.