self-cen·​tered ˌself-ˈsen-tərd How to pronounce self-centered (audio)
: independent of outside force or influence : self-sufficient
: concerned solely with one's own desires, needs, or interests
self-centeredly adverb
self-centeredness noun

Examples of self-centered in a Sentence

a group of self-centered residents with no interest or involvement in their community
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Word History

First Known Use

1645, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-centered was in 1645

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“Self-centered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: interested chiefly in one's own self : selfish
self-centeredness noun

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