General English

  • adjective showing pleasure in what you or someone else has done or in something which belongs to you


  • adjective referring to excessive growth or development in crops or livestock

Cars & Driving

  • adjective projecting up slightly from the surrounding surface.


  • adjective projecting a little into the margin, also used to describe a piece of type which stands higher than the normal type height

Origin & History of “proud”

Proud was borrowed in the 10th century from Old French prud. this came from a vulgar Latin *prōdis, a derivative of Latin prōdesse ‘be beneficial’, which was a compound formed from prōd-, a variant of prō- ‘for’, and esse ‘be’. The Old French adjective meant ‘good, brave’, and it is thought that the sense ‘having a high opinion of oneself’, which does not occur in Old French but is the earliest recorded in English, may reflect what the Anglo-Saxons thought of Norman nobles who referred to themselves as prud barun or prud chevalier. A later form of Old French prud or prod was prou, whose derivative proesce ‘bravery’ passed into English as prowess (13th c.); and English is also indebted to prud for prude.