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>
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?
First Known Use of selfish
SELFISH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of selfish for English Language Learners
: having or showing concern only for yourself and not for the needs or feelings of other people
SELFISH Defined for Kids
Definition of selfish for Students
: taking care of only your own needs and feelings without thought for others
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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