selfish

adjective

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

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?
Recent Examples on the Web In the comments section of the video, which has received over 2 million views and 180,000 likes, some users applauded the way Wehner advocated for herself, while others accused her of being selfish. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 12 May 2024 Those protestors that Saturday didn’t look like principled advocates for anything, but more like a bunch of selfish hoodlums who need to grow up. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, 12 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for selfish 

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Word History

First Known Use

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of selfish was in 1628

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Cite this Entry

“Selfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/selfish. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

selfish

adjective
self·​ish ˈsel-fish How to pronounce selfish (audio)
: taking care of oneself without thought for others
selfishly adverb
selfishness noun

Medical Definition

selfish

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