self-in·​volved ˌself-in-ˈvälvd How to pronounce self-involved (audio)
 also  -ˈvävd,
 or  ˈvȯvd

Examples of self-involved in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her mother, an eccentric workaholic, delegated the great bulk of child care to her playful and charismatic, if pretentious and self-involved, husband and to the family’s reliable, steady nanny. Priscilla Gilman, Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2023 My mother used to say that young adulthood was her least favorite phase of life – people in their 20s are particularly self-involved. Amy Dickinson, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Aug. 2023 By the end of the millennium, this was the familiar voice of Generation X. Loquacious and self-involved, its ironic grandiosity barely concealed a sincere grandiosity about its moral mission, which was to defeat despair and foster genuine human connection. Adam Kirsch, Harper's Magazine, 14 Aug. 2023 People mistakenly taking personal branding to be cringy or self-involved is an outdated perception, Licht said. Jane Thier, Fortune, 25 June 2023 The actress relished the chance to play someone so self-involved. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 22 June 2023 Or even something pretentious and self-involved and elitist to a fault — those sculptures and paintings and, yes, motion pictures can’t all be masterpieces. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 7 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-involved was in 1823

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“Self-involved.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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