Crowd vs Proud - What's the difference?

crowd | proud |

In obsolete|lang=en terms the difference between crowd and proud

is that crowd is (obsolete) a crwth, an ancient celtic plucked string instrument while proud is (obsolete)  excited by sexual desire; (of female animals) in heat.

As a verb crowd

is to press forward; to advance by pushing or crowd can be (obsolete|intransitive) to play on a crowd; to fiddle.

As a noun crowd

is a group of people congregated or collected into a close body without order or crowd can be (obsolete) a crwth, an ancient celtic plucked string instrument.

As an adjective proud is

gratified; feeling honoured (by something); feeling satisfied or happy about a fact or event.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) . Cognate with Dutch kruien.


(en verb)
  • To press forward; to advance by pushing.
  • The man crowded into the packed room.
  • To press together or collect in numbers; to swarm; to throng.
  • They crowded through the archway and into the park.
  • * Addison:
  • The whole company crowded about the fire.
  • * Macaulay:
  • Images came crowding on his mind faster than he could put them into words.
  • To press or drive together, especially into a small space; to cram.
  • He tried to crowd too many cows into the cow-pen.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Crowd us and crush us.
  • To fill by pressing or thronging together.
  • * Prescott
  • The balconies and verandas were crowded with spectators, anxious to behold their future sovereign.
  • To push, to press, to shove.
  • tried to crowd her off the sidewalk
  • * 2006 , Lanna Nakone, Every Child Has a Thinking Style (ISBN 0399532463), page 73:
  • Alexis's mementos and numerous dance trophies were starting to crowd her out of her little bedroom.
  • (nautical) To approach another ship too closely when it has right of way.
  • To carry excessive sail in the hope of moving faster.
  • To press by solicitation; to urge; to dun; hence, to treat discourteously or unreasonably.
  • Derived terms
    * crowd control * crowd manipulation * crowd out * crowd psychology * crowd sail


    (en noun)
  • A group of people congregated or collected into a close body without order.
  • :
  • *
  • *:Athelstan Arundel walked homeHe walked the whole way, walking through crowds , and under the noses of dray-horses, carriage-horses, and cart-horses, without taking the least notice of them.
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  • *:He tried to persuade Cicely to stay away from the ball-room for a fourth dance.she found her mother standing up before the seat on which she had sat all the evening searching anxiously for her with her eyes, and her father by her side.
  • Several things collected or closely pressed together; also, some things adjacent to each other.
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  • (lb) The so-called lower orders of people; the populace, vulgar.
  • * (1809-1892)
  • *:To fool the crowd with glorious lies.
  • *(John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • *:He went not with the crowd to see a shrine.
  • A group of people united or at least characterised by a common interest.
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  • Synonyms
    * (group of things) aggregation, cluster, group, mass * (group of people) audience, group, multitude, public, swarm, throng * (the "lower orders" of people) everyone, general public, masses, rabble, mob, unwashed
    Derived terms
    * crowd catch * crowd-pleaser * crowd-puller * work the crowd

    Etymology 2

    Celtic, from Welsh crwth.


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A crwth, an Ancient Celtic plucked string instrument.
  • * Ben Jonson
  • A lackey that can warble upon a crowd a little.
  • (now dialectal) A fiddle.
  • * 1819': wandering palmers, hedge-priests, Saxon minstrels, and Welsh bards, were muttering prayers, and extracting mistuned dirges from their harps, '''crowds , and rotes. — Walter Scott, ''Ivanhoe
  • * 1684': That keep their consciences in cases, / As fiddlers do with ' crowds and bases — Samuel Butler, "Hudibras"
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To play on a crowd; to fiddle.
  • * Massinger
  • Fiddlers, crowd on.


    (Webster 1913)





    Alternative forms

    * prowd (obsolete)


  • Gratified; feeling honoured (by something); feeling satisfied or happy about a fact or event.
  • Possessed of a due sense of what one is worth or deserves.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=6 citation , passage=‘[…] I remember a lady coming to inspect St. Mary's Home where I was brought up and seeing us all in our lovely Elizabethan uniforms we were so proud of, and bursting into tears all over us because “it was wicked to dress us like charity children”. […]’.}}
  • (chiefly, Biblical)  Having too high an opinion of oneself; arrogant, supercilious.
  • * 1611 , Proverbs 16:5, King James Version
  • Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1907, author=(Hilaire Belloc), title=(Cautionary Tales for Children), section=Godolphin Horne Who was cursed with the Sin of Pride, and Became a Boot-Black
  • , passage=Godolphin Horne was Nobly Born; / He held the human race in scorn, / And lived with all his sisters where / His father lived, in Berkeley Square. / And oh! The lad was deathly proud ! / He never shook your hand or bowed, / But merely smirked and nodded thus: / How perfectly ridiculous! / Alas! That such Affected Tricks / Should flourish in a child of six!}}
  • Generating a sense of pride; being a cause for pride.
  • (obsolete)  Brave, valiant; gallant.
  • Standing out or raised; swollen.
  • (obsolete)  Excited by sexual desire; (of female animals) in heat.
  • Happy, usually used with a sense of honor, as in "I'm so proud' to have you in our town." But occasionally just plain happy as in "I'm ' proud to see gas prices down." This is a widespread colloquial usage in the southern United States.
  • Synonyms

    * See also


    * ashamed

    Derived terms

    * do someone proud * house-proud * proud as a peacock * proudfall * proud-hearted * proudling * proudly * proudness * proud-pied * proud-stomached


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