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Proud (?), a. [Compar. Prouder (?); superl. Proudest.] [OE. proud, prout, prud, prut, AS. pr&umac;t; akin to Icel. pr&umac;&edh;r stately, handsome, Dan. prud handsome. Cf. Pride.]


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. Milton.

O death, made proud with pure and princely beauty ! Shak.

And shades impervious to the proud world's glare. Keble.


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 ? Thackeray.


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. Keble.


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.

Proud flesh Med., a fungous growth or excrescence of granulations resembling flesh, in a wound or ulcer.


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