Other forms: proudest; prouder

When you are proud, you are feeling pride, or satisfaction with yourself. The word proud can also mean too much of this feeling––sometimes saying someone is proud is the same as saying they're arrogant.

It's also possible to feel proud of someone else. If your best friend gets the lead in the school play, you may find yourself feeling as happy for him as if you'd got the lead yourself. When you graduate from college, your "proud parents" will want to be there to watch. The maxim "Pride comes before a fall" plays on the fact that when you are proud of what you have, you are also at risk: having something means you have something to lose.

Definitions of proud
  1. adjective
    feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride
    proud parents”
    proud of his accomplishments”
    “a proud moment”
    proud to serve his country”
    “a proud name”
    proud princes”
    having or showing an exaggerated opinion of your importance, ability, etc
    arrogant, chesty, self-important
    having or showing feelings of unwarranted importance out of overbearing pride
    pleased and proud
    big, swelled, vainglorious
    feeling self-importance
    bigheaded, persnickety, snooty, snot-nosed, snotty, stuck-up, too big for one's breeches, uppish
    (used colloquially) overly conceited or arrogant
    big, boastful, braggart, bragging, braggy, cock-a-hoop, crowing, self-aggrandising, self-aggrandizing
    exhibiting self-importance
    dignified, self-respectful, self-respecting
    having or showing self-esteem
    disdainful, haughty, imperious, lofty, lordly, overbearing, prideful, sniffy, supercilious, swaggering
    having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
    conceited, egotistic, egotistical, self-conceited, swollen, swollen-headed, vain
    characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
    proud of your house or its furnishings or upkeep
    excessively proud
    pleased, proud of
    feeling pleasurable satisfaction over something by which you measures your self-worth
    proud or arrogant because of your wealth (especially in the absence of other distinction)
    trying to maintain dignity and self respect despite shabbiness
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    marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful
    marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself
    broken, crushed, humbled, humiliated, low
    subdued or brought low in condition or status
    meek, mild, modest
    humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness
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  2. adjective
    having or displaying great dignity or nobility
    proud alpine peaks”
    synonyms: gallant, lofty, majestic
    making a strong or vivid impression




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