selfish

  • 1 Selfish — Self ish, a. 1. Caring supremely or unduly for one s self; regarding one s own comfort, advantage, etc., in disregard, or at the expense, of those of others. [1913 Webster] They judge of things according to their own private appetites and selfish …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 selfish — 1630s, from SELF (Cf. self) + ISH (Cf. ish). Said in Hacket s life of Archbishop Williams (1693) to have been coined by Presbyterians. In the 17c., synonyms included self seeking (1620s), self ended and self ful. Let us understand what our own… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 selfish — index illiberal, insatiable, mercenary, parsimonious, penurious, thoughtless Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 selfish — [adj] thinking only of oneself egocentric, egoistic, egoistical, egomaniacal, egotistic, egotistical, greedy*, hoggish*, mean, mercenary, miserly, narcissistic, narrow, narrowminded, out for number one*, parsimonious, prejudiced, self centered,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 selfish — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ concerned chiefly with one s own personal profit or pleasure at the expense of consideration for others. DERIVATIVES selfishly adverb selfishness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 selfish — [sel′fish] adj. 1. too much concerned with one s own welfare or interests and having little or no concern for others; self centered 2. showing or prompted by self interest selfishly adv. selfishness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 selfish — adj. VERBS ▪ be, feel, seem, sound ▪ I know I m being selfish, but I can t help it. ▪ become ADVERB ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 8 selfish — adj. selfish to + inf. (it was selfish of them to do that) * * * [ selfɪʃ] selfish to + inf. (it was selfish of them to do that) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 9 selfish — adjective Date: 1640 1. concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself ; seeking or concentrating on one s own advantage, pleasure, or well being without regard for others 2. arising from concern with one s own welfare or advantage in… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 selfish — [[t]se̱lfɪʃ[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you say that someone is selfish, you mean that he or she cares only about himself or herself, and not about other people. I think I ve been very selfish. I ve been mainly concerned with myself. ...the selfish… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 selfish — self·ish sel fish adj being an actively replicating repetitive sequence of nucleic acid that serves no known function <selfish DNA> also being genetic material solely concerned with its own replication <selfish genes> …

    Medical dictionary

  • 12 selfish — self|ish [ˈselfıʃ] adj caring only about yourself and not about other people used to show disapproval ▪ How can you be so selfish? ▪ selfish behaviour >selfishly adv ▪ a small child behaving selfishly >selfishness n [U] ▪ a lack of greed… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 selfish — self|ish [ selfıʃ ] adjective * thinking only about yourself and not caring about other people: a spoiled selfish child I decided to go for purely selfish reasons. ╾ self|ish|ly adverb ╾ self|ish|ness noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 selfish — adjective caring only about yourself and not about other people: How can you be so selfish? | selfish motives selfishly adverb selfishness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 selfish */ — UK [ˈselfɪʃ] / US adjective thinking only about yourself and not caring about other people a spoiled selfish child I decided to go for purely selfish reasons. Derived words: selfishly adverb selfishness noun uncountable …

    English dictionary

  • 16 selfish — /ˈsɛlfɪʃ / (say selfish) adjective 1. devoted to or caring only for oneself, one s welfare, interests, etc. 2. characterised by caring only for oneself: selfish motives. {self + ish1} –selfishly, adverb –selfishness, noun …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 17 selfish — selfishly, adv. selfishness, n. /sel fish/, adj. 1. devoted to or caring only for oneself; concerned primarily with one s own interests, benefits, welfare, etc., regardless of others. 2. characterized by or manifesting concern or care only for… …

    Universalium

  • 18 selfish — adjective he is just selfish by nature Syn: egocentric, egotistic, egotistical, egomaniacal, self centered, self absorbed, self obsessed, self seeking, self serving, wrapped up in oneself; inconsiderate, thoughtless, unthinking, uncaring,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 selfish — [ˈselfɪʃ] adj thinking only about yourself and not caring about other people Ant: unselfish a greedy selfish man[/ex] selfishly adv selfishness noun [U] …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 20 selfish — self•ish [[t]ˈsɛl fɪʃ[/t]] adj. 1) caring only or chiefly for oneself; concerned with one s own interests, welfare, etc., regardless of others 2) characterized by or manifesting concern or care only for oneself: selfish motives[/ex] • Etymology:… …

    From formal English to slang


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