From Middle English proud, prout, prut, from Old English prūd, prūt (compare Old English prȳtung; prȳde, prȳte). Cognate with German Low German praud, Old Norse prúðr (Icelandic prúður, Middle Swedish prudh, Danish prud), probably from Old French prod, prud (modern French preux), from Late Latin prode ("useful"), derived from Latin prosum; however, the Old English umlaut derivatives prȳte, prȳtian, etc. suggest the word may be older and possibly native. See also pride.
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