self-ab·​sorbed ˌself-əb-ˈsȯrbd How to pronounce self-absorbed (audio)
: absorbed in one's own thoughts, activities, or interests

Examples of self-absorbed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In short order and in this bucolic setting, Leon proves to be an irritable jerk: self-absorbed, painfully insecure, perpetually annoyed, snobbish, and at times reflexively cruel. Lisa Wong MacAbasco, Vogue, 14 July 2023 However, these terms are often used with a note of derision, applied to someone who is self-absorbed. Frances Vinall, Washington Post, 2 June 2023 My sibling is loving, kind and generous — as well as self-absorbed. Haben Kelati, Washington Post, 10 May 2023 Those today with the best levels of executive presence are not self-absorbed. Adrian Gostick, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2023 Double-dealing, self-absorbed and relentlessly ambitious, the most prominent of them were usually appalling. Catherine Ostler, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2023 People throw around the term loosely to describe those who are self-absorbed, entitled and manipulative – from overbearing parents to destructive exes. Nicole Fallert, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2023 If someone calls you self-absorbed, consider whether that person has a point or is projecting their own insecurities. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 8 Mar. 2023 Howie’s mental meanderings are maniacally self-absorbed in a way Castro’s narrator worries is true of his own roiling, recursive thoughts. Nathan Goldman, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-absorbed was in 1796

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“Self-absorbed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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