self-descriptive

adjective

self-de·​scrip·​tive ˌself-di-ˈskrip-tiv How to pronounce self-descriptive (audio)
: serving to describe oneself : being or providing a description of oneself
… shedding self-consciousness by filling out name tags that included their occupation and a self-descriptive adjective: Laura, banker, scandalous. Tom, sales, adventurous. Roger Yu

Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-descriptive was in 1834

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Cite this Entry

“Self-descriptive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-descriptive. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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