, AS. pr&umac;t
; akin to Icel. pr&umac;&edh;r stately, handsome, Dan. prud
handsome. Cf. Pride
comparative Prouder ; superlative Proudest
- Feeling or manifesting pride, in a good or bad sense; as: (a) Possessing or showing too great self-esteem; overrating one's excellences; hence, arrogant; haughty; lordly; presumptuous.
Nor much expect
A foe so proud will first the weaker seek.
O death, made proud with pure and princely beauty !
And shades impervious to the proud world's glare.
(b) Having a feeling of high self-respect or self-esteem; exulting (in); elated; -- often with of; as, proud of one's country. "Proud to be checked and soothed."
Are we proud men proud of being proud ?
- Giving reason or occasion for pride or self-gratulation; worthy of admiration; grand; splendid; magnificent; admirable; ostentatious. "Of shadow proud." Chapman. "Proud titles." Shak. " The proud temple's height."
Till tower, and dome, and bridge-way proud
Are mantled with a golden cloud.
- Excited by sexual desire; -- applied particularly to the females of some animals.
Sir T. Browne.
✍ Proud is often used with participles in the formation of compounds which, for the most part, are self-explaining; as, proud-crested, proud-minded, proud-swelling.