/prowd/, adj., prouder, proudest, adv.adj.1. feeling pleasure or satisfaction over something regarded as highly honorable or creditable to oneself (often fol. by of, an infinitive, or a clause).2. having, proceeding from, or showing a high opinion of one's own dignity, importance, or superiority.3. having or showing self-respect or self-esteem.4. highly gratifying to the feelings or self-esteem: It was a proud day for him when his son entered college.5. highly honorable or creditable: a proud achievement.6. stately, majestic, or magnificent: proud cities.7. of lofty dignity or distinction: a proud name; proud nobles.8. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. pleased; happy: I'm proud to meet you.9. full of vigor and spirit: a proud young stallion.10. Obs. brave.adv.11. do one proud,a. to be a source of pride or credit to a person: His conduct in such a difficult situation did him proud.b. to treat someone or oneself generously or lavishly: You really did us proud with this supper.[bef. 1000; ME; late OE prud, prut arrogant (c. ON pruthr stately, fine), appar. < VL; cf. OF prud, prod gallant, LL prode useful, L prodesse to be of worth]Syn. 1. contented, self-satisfied. 2. overbearing, self-important, disdainful, imperious, presumptuous. PROUD, ARROGANT, HAUGHTY imply a consciousness of, or a belief in, one's superiority in some respect. PROUD implies sensitiveness, lofty self-respect, or jealous preservation of one's dignity, station, and the like. It may refer to an affectionate admiration of or a justifiable pride concerning someone else: proud of his son. ARROGANT applies to insolent or overbearing behavior, arising from an exaggerated belief in one's importance: arrogant rudeness. HAUGHTY implies lofty reserve and confident, often disdainful assumption of superiority over others: the haughty manner of the butler in the play. 6. noble, imposing, splendid.Ant. 1. dissatisfied. 2. humble. 5. dishonorable. 6. mean; impoverished; lowly.
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