selfish

adjective self·ish \ ˈsel-fish \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

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

selfishly

adverb

selfishness

noun

Examples of selfish in a Sentence

  1. She's interested only in her own selfish concerns.

  2. I wish he'd spend less time with his friends and more time with me. Am I being selfish?

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First Known Use of selfish

1640


SELFISH Defined for English Language Learners

selfish

adjective

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

selfish

adjective self·ish \ ˈsel-fish \

Definition of selfish for Students

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

selfishly

adverb

selfishness

noun

Medical Dictionary

selfish

adjective self·ish \ ˈsel-fish \

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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