ego trip


: an act or course of action that enhances and satisfies one's ego
ˈē-(ˌ)gō-ˌtrip How to pronounce ego trip (audio)
 also  ˈe-
intransitive verb
ego-tripper noun

Example Sentences

He's on a self-indulgent ego trip with his latest movie, which he wrote, directed, and starred in himself.
Recent Examples on the Web This is an ego trip. Frida Ghitis, CNN, 18 Oct. 2022 This is no ego trip facade. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 Sep. 2022 But rather than a glorified ego trip, the experience unfolds more like a shaggy seminar on Rodriguez’s approach to filmmaking. Adam B. Vary, Variety, 13 Mar. 2023 The number eight can be seen as an ego trip, said Summers. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 24 Jan. 2023 Sometimes an idiot just acquires a company and starts firing everyone who won’t join his inane ego trip. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 10 Dec. 2022 Verification isn't just an ego trip, Quartz's Scott Nover notes. Peter Weber, The Week, 31 Oct. 2022 Otherwise, our ego trip may not end well, similarly to the experience of the dinosaurs, which dominated Earth until an object from space tarnished their illusion. Avi Loeb, Scientific American, 15 Oct. 2021 Far from being a nostalgic ego trip, though, Lapine’s book is astonishingly frank about the show’s troubles and his own shortcomings. New York Times, 28 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ego trip was in 1967

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Cite this Entry

“Ego trip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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