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proud    : [pr'ɑʊd]
Proud \Proud\, a. [Compar. {Prouder}; superl. {Proudest}.] [OE.
proud, prout, prud, prut, AS. pr[=u]t; akin to Icel.
pr[=u][eth]r stately, handsome, Dan. prud handsome. Cf.
{Pride}.]
1. 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.
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Nor much expect
A foe so proud will first the weaker seek.
--Milton.
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O death, made proud with pure and princely
beauty ! --Shak.
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And shades impervious to the proud world's
glare. --Keble.
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(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."
--Keble.
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Are we proud men proud of being proud ?
--Thackeray.
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2. 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."
--Dryden.
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Till tower, and dome, and bridge-way proud
Are mantled with a golden cloud. --Keble.
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3. Excited by sexual desire; -- applied particularly to the
females of some animals. --Sir T. Browne.
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Note: 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.
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{Proud flesh} (Med.), a fungous growth or excrescence of
granulations resembling flesh, in a wound or ulcer.
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proud
adj 1: 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" [ant: {humble}]
2: having or displaying great dignity or nobility; "a gallant
pageant"; "lofty ships"; "majestic cities"; "proud alpine
peaks" [synonym: {gallant}, {lofty}, {majestic}, {proud}]

153 Moby Thesaurus words for "proud":
Babylonian, Corinthian, arrogant, assured, august, awe-inspiring,
awful, barbaric, big, bloated, boastful, braggart, cavalier,
cocksure, cocky, complacent, conceited, condescending, confident,
contemptuous, convinced, creditable, decided, deluxe, determined,
dignified, disdainful, dismissive, distinguished, domineering,
egotistical, elaborate, elegant, eminent, erect, estimable,
extravagant, fancy, fine, glorious, gorgeous, grand, grandiose,
gratified, great, haughty, high and mighty, high-and-mighty,
high-faluting, high-flown, high-handed, high-headed, high-nosed,
hoity-toity, honorable, honored, house-proud, hubristic, huffy,
illustrious, imperious, important, imposing, impressive,
independent, insolent, lofty, lordly, luxurious, magnificent,
majestic, masterful, narcissistic, noble, notable, noted,
noteworthy, ostentatious, overbearing, overconfident, oversure,
overweening, palatial, patronizing, persuaded, pleased with, plush,
poised, pompous, posh, positive, pretentious, prideful, princely,
prominent, proud as Lucifer, proud-blooded, proud-looking,
proud-minded, proud-spirited, proudful, proudhearted, purse-proud,
reassured, reputable, respected, resplendent, ritzy, secure,
self-assured, self-conceited, self-confident, self-esteeming,
self-important, self-reliant, self-respecting, self-satisfied,
self-sufficient, smug, snobbish, snooty, snotty, splendacious,
splendid, splendiferous, splendorous, stately, stiff-necked,
stuck-up, stuffy, sublime, sumptuous, superb, supercilious,
superfancy, superfine, superior, sure, swank, swanky, swell,
toplofty, unafraid, undoubting, unfaltering, unhesitating,
unwavering, uppish, uppity, upstage, vain, vainglorious, worthy




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