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 Dictionary entry overview: What does proud mean? 

PROUD (adjective)
  The adjective PROUD has 2 senses:

1. feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride
2. having or displaying great dignity or nobility

  Familiarity information: PROUD used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

PROUD (adjective)

Sense 1proud [BACK TO TOP]


Feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride

Context examples:

proud parents / proud of his accomplishments / a proud moment / proud to serve his country / a proud name / proud princes


purse-proud (proud or arrogant because of your wealth (especially in the absence of other distinction))

pleased; proud of (feeling pleasurable satisfaction over something by which you measures your self-worth)

overproud (excessively proud)

house-proud (proud of your house or its furnishings or upkeep)

gratifying (occasioning pride)

glorious; illustrious; redoubtable; respected (having or worthy of pride)

conceited; egotistic; egotistical; self-conceited; swollen; swollen-headed; vain (characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance)

disdainful; haughty; lordly; prideful; sniffy; supercilious; swaggering (having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy)

dignified; self-respectful; self-respecting (having or showing self-esteem)

big; boastful; braggart; bragging; braggy; cock-a-hoop; crowing; self-aggrandising; self-aggrandizing (exhibiting self-importance)

bigheaded; persnickety; snooty; snot-nosed; snotty; stuck-up; too big for one's breeches; uppish ((used colloquially) overly conceited or arrogant)

big; swelled; vainglorious (feeling self-importance)

beaming (pleased and proud)

arrogant; chesty; self-important (having or showing feelings of unwarranted importance out of overbearing pride)

shabby-genteel (trying to maintain dignity and self respect despite shabbiness)


immodest (having or showing an exaggerated opinion of your importance, ability, etc)


pride (the trait of being spurred on by a dislike of falling below your standards)


humble (marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful)

Sense 2proud [BACK TO TOP]


Having or displaying great dignity or nobility


majestic; proud; gallant; lofty

Context examples:

a gallant pageant / lofty ships / majestic cities / proud alpine peaks


impressive (making a strong or vivid impression)

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