self·​ish·​ly ˈsel-fish-lē How to pronounce selfishly (audio)
: in a selfish way
acting/behaving selfishly
… he selfishly hogged attention for his injury …Louise Erdrich
He finds support for his intuition from game theory, which says that if everyone in a game acts selfishly, everyone suffers.Gina Kolata

Examples of selfishly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When available, the side of roasted wild mushrooms is a gem to be shared or to be selfishly guarded. Ben Jarrell, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Altruists seek to understand how their actions will affect others—while willful ignorance can free people to act selfishly By Linh Vu & Margarita Leib In the Charles Dickens story A Christmas Carol, the wealthy miser Ebenezer Scrooge has a magical, life-changing epiphany. Linh Vu, Scientific American, 11 Dec. 2023 And when looking at it selfishly in this was, as any fan might, the end result is a basketball product the likes of which have never been seen within a car ride of my house. Mark Deeks, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 No honest person can selfishly deplete entire buckets of candy offered to them on Halloween night only to celebrate contentment a few weeks later. Faith Barton, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Nov. 2023 Every fight scenario either causes Miguel embarrassment or ends with him selfishly alienating his friends. Maya Phillips, New York Times, 16 Sep. 2023 Dog Tired Dear Dog Tired: People enjoying the first rush and flush of a new relationship tend to behave selfishly. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 10 Sep. 2023 Lee chalked it up to a small percent of attendees behaving selfishly. Dino Grandoni and Kim Bellware, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Sep. 2023 So perhaps selfishly rooted in the preservation of my sanity, my go-to host gift is bubbles: simple, inexpensive and sure to entertain kids as well as amuse adults. Ellie Pithers Wei Tchou Alice Newell-Hanson Caitie Kelly Betsy Horan Jinnie Lee Megan O’Sullivan, New York Times, 24 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1645, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of selfishly was in 1645

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“Selfishly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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