selfish

adjective
self·​ish | \ ˈsel-fish How to pronounce selfish (audio) \

Definition of selfish

1 : concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself : seeking or concentrating on one's own advantage, pleasure, or well-being without regard for others
2 : arising from concern with one's own welfare or advantage in disregard of others a selfish act
3 : being an actively replicating repetitive sequence of nucleic acid that serves no known function selfish DNA also : being genetic material solely concerned with its own replication selfish genes

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Examples of selfish in a Sentence

She's interested only in her own selfish concerns. I wish he'd spend less time with his friends and more time with me. Am I being selfish?

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Any other information is used by politicians to send us down the selfish bigoted rathole of socialism. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: I like Rep. Omar’s style. But alas, she shares a trait common to socialist types," 16 June 2019 There are two times, in fact, where a player doesn’t just have the right but the responsibility to be selfish. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde: Kevin Durant’s injury is all pain, no gain for anyone | Commentary," 11 June 2019 Because growing up means changing your ways, and if your ways are going out nightly and making people laugh, well, that’s not an easy thing to give up. Committing to someone else, would mean not being fully selfish. Erin Alexis, latimes.com, "Why I stopped blaming men for everything wrong in my relationships," 8 June 2019 Trump then, in Al Czervik style, sees no reason not to point out these obvious contradictions between Merkel’s soaring humanitarian rhetoric and Berlin’s often quite selfish and provocative commercial, political, and financial policies. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Is Germany Becoming Germany — Again?," 4 June 2019 Part of the books’ appeal lies in Laura’s perspective: the plainer, naughtier sister, with a temper and selfish impulses—a child with whom any reader can identify. Valeria Luiselli, The New York Review of Books, "Claire Messud," 21 Mar. 2019 The shift from selfish singleton to selfless parent is dramatic, especially in rodents. Teal Burrell, Discover Magazine, "Making Sense of Mommy Brain," 1 Jan. 2019 Yeah, this is probably the most selfish thing in there for me [holds up extra-large dopp kit]. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Dwyane Wade on His New Away Collection, His Summer Travels, and Why It's So Damn Hard to Pack His Shoes," 25 Sep. 2018 The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Concentrate Facial Sheet Mask The Body Shop amazon.com $6.00 SHOP NOW Pick a more earth-friendly sheet mask and your self-care Sunday doesn’t have to be selfish. Megan Mcintyre, Hana Hong, Marie Claire, "11 New Innovations in Sustainable Beauty from Around the Globe," 18 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of selfish

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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selfish

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of selfish

disapproving : having or showing concern only for yourself and not for the needs or feelings of other people

selfish

adjective
self·​ish | \ ˈsel-fish How to pronounce selfish (audio) \

Kids Definition of selfish

: taking care of only your own needs and feelings without thought for others

Other Words from selfish

selfishly adverb
selfishness noun

selfish

adjective
self·​ish | \ ˈsel-fish How to pronounce selfish (audio) \

Medical Definition of selfish

: being an actively replicating repetitive sequence of nucleic acid that serves no known function selfish DNA also : being genetic material solely concerned with its own replication selfish genes

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