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?
Recent Examples on the Web People who are being so selfish around their personal needs. Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2021 To protect us against the selfish, the time for talking has ended. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 11 Aug. 2021 From varieties that don’t need watering all the way to the most selfish of plants. Caroleine James, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Aug. 2021 The bet, a question of whether people are inherently caring or selfish, ends with Gi-hun winning, as cops pull over and help the man. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 Oct. 2021 My sister didn’t want to hear that, and accused me of being selfish and lazy, and of leaving all the work to her. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 1 Oct. 2021 Like Biles, some could be labeled as quitters, unprofessional or selfish for setting a balanced example. Gergo Vari, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Friends who tell you you’re stupid for feeling selfish for wanting another kid. Keith Bierygolick, The Enquirer, 14 July 2021 But that catharsis felt underwhelming because, frankly, Masha is a manipulative and selfish figure whom Nine Perfect Strangers fully rehabilitates in this finale! Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 22 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of selfish

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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19 Oct 2021

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“Selfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/selfish. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for selfish

selfish

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of selfish

: 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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