proud / proud/ • adj. feeling deep pleasure or satisfaction as a result of one's own achievements, qualities, or possessions or those of someone with whom one is closely associated: a proud grandma of three boys she got nine As and he was so proud of her. ∎ (of an event, achievement, etc.) causing someone to feel this way: we have a proud history of innovation. ∎ having or showing a consciousness of one's own dignity: I was too proud to go home. ∎ having or showing a high or excessively high opinion of oneself or one's importance: a proud, arrogant man. ∎ imposing; splendid: bulrushes emerge tall and proud from the middle of the pond.PHRASES: do someone proud inf. act in a way that gives someone cause to feel pleased or satisfied: they did themselves proud in a game that sent the fans home happy. ∎ treat someone very well, typically by lavishly feeding or entertaining them.DERIVATIVES: proud·ly adv.proud·ness n.