self-con·​scious | \ ˌself-ˈkän(t)-shəs How to pronounce self-conscious (audio) \

Definition of self-conscious

1a : conscious of one's own acts or states as belonging to or originating in oneself : aware of oneself as an individual
b : intensely aware of oneself : conscious a rising and self-conscious social class also : produced or done with such awareness self-conscious art
2 : uncomfortably conscious of oneself as an object of the observation of others : ill at ease

Other Words from self-conscious

self-consciously adverb
self-consciousness noun

First Known Use of self-conscious

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Self-conscious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of self-conscious

: uncomfortably nervous about or embarrassed by what other people think about you
usually disapproving : done in a way that shows an awareness of the effect that is produced : done in a deliberate way


self-con·​scious | \ ˈself-ˈkän-shəs \

Kids Definition of self-conscious

: feeling uncomfortably nervous or embarrassed when in the presence of or when being observed by other people He's very self-conscious about his appearance.

Other Words from self-conscious

self-consciously adverb
self-consciousness noun

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