Is there a verb form of "pride"? For example, is there a concise way to say something like

She read her own paper with great pride

I'm looking for a more concise verb that still indicates that self-masturbatory feeling of being proud of one's own work. Something that could fit the sentence:

She [prided] over her paper

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"Preen" might work here.

One can preen over a paper.

preen verb (2) preened; preening; preens Definition of preen (Entry 3 of 3) transitive verb

1 of a bird : to groom with the bill especially by rearranging the barbs and barbules of the feathers and by distributing oil from the uropygial gland 2 : to dress or smooth (oneself) up : PRIMP 3 : to pride or congratulate (oneself) on an achievement

  • I like this one a lot; merriam-webster's definition is "to behave or speak with obvious pride or self-satisfaction", which is perfect
    – Zaya
    Dec 18, 2018 at 21:36

After some searching, I found


to praise usually to excess

Which could work. It has the negative connotation I was hoping for

  • I like that. Belauded as a past tense, I'm guessing.
    – mikeY
    Dec 18, 2018 at 21:32

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