self-in·​flat·​ing ˌself-in-ˈflā-tiŋ How to pronounce self-inflating (audio)
: capable of inflating itself
self-inflating life rafts
a self-inflating resuscitator
: acting or intended to portray oneself as more impressive, successful, or important than one really is : self-aggrandizing
a self-inflating blowhard
… makes self-inflating claims that are demonstrably untrue.Phil Mushnick
Accuracy and credibility are the essence of being a journalist. There is no room for self-inflating stories, falsehoods or even mixed-up memories.The Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon) (online)
self-inflation noun
… the enduring folly of misplaced ambition, phony posturing, social climbing and self-inflation. Marlise Simons
It should include automatic CO2 self-inflation and a manual top-up tube in case the automatic system fails … Chris Beeson

Examples of self-inflating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For self-inflating pads, leave the pad semi-inflated with the valve open to allow circulation. Kevin Brouillard, Travel + Leisure, 21 Feb. 2024 This self-inflating seat is a lightweight option that is perfect for local fields and concerts that may not have a ton of seating provided. Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure, 10 Oct. 2023 Gukkicco Camping Sleeping Pad $80 $50 Being adequately prepared for your camping excursion is key to actually enjoying your time in the woods, and this self-inflating sleeping pad will give you the best night of sleep possible with minimal effort setting it up. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 19 Aug. 2023 The Best Super-Comfy Car Camping Pad Photograph: Thermarest Therm-a-Rest MondoKing $240 at Therm-a-Rest $240 at Amazon Therm-a-Rest invented the self-inflating camping mattress. WIRED, 18 June 2023 On Mapp’s trips, that means spreading your sleeping bag on a state-of-the-art self-inflating sleeping pad. Peter Fish, Sunset Magazine, 19 Feb. 2023 For another cushioned surface, opt for a sleeping pad like this self-inflating one. Lauren Fischer, Travel + Leisure, 25 Apr. 2023 Look at ultra-light air pads or light-weight self-inflating pads. Leslie Hsu Oh, Travel + Leisure, 16 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-inflating was in 1835

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“Self-inflating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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