self-absorbed

adjective

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

Examples of self-absorbed in a Sentence

a self-absorbed man who seems utterly oblivious to the social problems of his own urban neighborhood
Recent Examples on the Web Spiteful, judgmental, and self-absorbed, Livia Soprano (Nancy Marchand) makes life hell for her son to the point of requiring years of psychotherapy. and Kevin Jacobsen, EW.com, 25 June 2024 To that end, yes, honeymoon phases are gushy (and self-absorbed). Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 19 June 2024 On the dark side, be wary of coming across as selfish and self-absorbed when your needs aren't met. Valerie Mesa, Peoplemag, 11 June 2024 Unbeknownst to juror Gladden, his oddball cohorts and other courtroom figures for the (fake) trial are all paid performers — including James Marsden, who plays a self-absorbed, caricatured version of himself. James Mercadante, EW.com, 30 May 2024 Smart played Winslet’s mother, Helen, who is both all-seeing and self-absorbed. J Wortham, New York Times, 12 May 2024 His decision marks the end of a stunning transformation for Loki, from selfish and self-absorbed to someone willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the universe. Jp Mangalindan, Peoplemag, 16 Apr. 2024 Each episode explores the backstory of a different family member, dropping clues and red herrings aplenty on what what is going on with Joy and Stan (Sam Neill) and why their adult children (Jake Lacy, Alison Brie, Conor Merrigan Turner and Essie Randles) are so friggin’ self-absorbed and entitled. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, 13 Mar. 2024 Speaking to a couple of hundred people gathered outside a historic opera house in Newberry, Haley on Saturday portrayed Trump as an erratic and self-absorbed figure not focused on the American people. Michelle L. Price, arkansasonline.com, 11 Feb. 2024

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-absorbed. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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