The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
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 expect
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
(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 ?
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 proud
Are mantled with a golden cloud. --Keble.
3. Excited by sexual desire; -- applied particularly to the
females of some animals. --Sir T. Browne.
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 flesh (Med.), a fungous growth or excrescence of
granulations resembling flesh, in a wound or ulcer.