Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

self-consciously

adverb

Definition of self-consciously

  1. 1 :  done in a way that shows discomfort and embarrassment by what other people think <He self-consciously smoothed his hair.>

  2. 2 usually disapproving :  done in a way that shows an awareness of the effect that is produced :  done in a deliberate way <a play that is self-consciously ironic>




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up self-consciously? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

marked by propriety and good taste

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

oily angry prompt maudlin
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ