Proud(?), a. [Compar. Prouder (?); superl. Proudest.] [OE. proud, prout, prud, prut, AS. prt; akin to Icel. prr 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.
Nor much expectMilton.
A foe so proud will first the weaker seek.
O death, made proud with pure and princely beauty !Shak.
And shades impervious to the proud world's glare.Keble.
(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."
Are we proud men proud of being proud ?Thackeray.
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."
Till tower, and dome, and bridge-way proudKeble.
Are mantled with a golden cloud.
3. 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.
(Med.), a fungous growth or excrescence of granulations resembling flesh, in a wound or ulcer.
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