journey-proud adj chiefly Sth, S Midl
1 Excited and restless at the prospect of a trip. [EDD (at journey sb. 6)] Cf proud adj
1891 AN&Q 8.27, I have heard New Englanders speak of a person as journey-proud, meaning that one is so elated on the eve of a journey as to care nothing for food. 1952 Brown NC Folkl. 1.555 nwNC, Journey-proud. . . So excited over the prospect of a journey that one cannot eat or sleep. . . Old people. Rare. 1969 Emmons Deep Rivers 59 eTX [Black], Journey-proud. . . But who ever did so well describe the sleeplessness, loss of appetite, and general excitement which one experiences on the eve of a trip? 1969 Tennessean (Nashville TN) 2 Nov sec E 1, Journey-proud. . . Southerners, brought up with the phrase, will understand what I mean. . . There’s a delicious complex of emotions and activity centered around getting ready to go on a trip. Ibid 6/1, Being journey-proud is wrapping all these vague, unspelled-out, and nameless but genuine elements around one’s shoulders. 1972 DARE File, Journey-proud—pleased and excited over a journey. Said to be “Old South.” Used by a woman of 55–60 years, born and lived in Arkansas, with family background from Virginia. 1973 Patrick Coll. cAL, Journey proud—fussily eager to start going.
2 Conceited because one has traveled.
1952 Brown NC Folkl. 1.555 seNC, Journey-proud. . . Acting in a superior manner because one has travelled. . . Common. 1965 Dict. Queen’s English 8 NC, She was so journey proud when she returned from the city she couldn’t stop talking about her trip.