Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Concerned chiefly or only with oneself: "Selfish men were . . . trying to make capital for themselves out of the sacred cause of human rights” ( Maria Weston Chapman).
  • adj. Arising from, characterized by, or showing selfishness: a selfish whim.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Holding one’s self-interest as the standard for decision making.
  • adj. Having regard for oneself above others’ well-being.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Caring supremely or unduly for one's self; regarding one's own comfort, advantage, etc., in disregard, or at the expense, of those of others.
  • adj. Believing or teaching that the chief motives of human action are derived from love of self.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Caring only for self; influenced solely or chiefly by motives of personal or private pleasure or advantage: as, a selfish person.
  • Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of one who cares solely or chiefly for his own personal or private pleasure, interest, or advantage; proceeding from love of self: as, selfish motives.
  • Synonyms Mean, illiberal, self-seeking.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. concerned chiefly or only with yourself and your advantage to the exclusion of others

Etymologies

From self +‎ -ish (Wiktionary)

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Dear gangerh from 2008:
    Thank you for saying exactly what I wanted to hear in 2013.
    Sincerely, ruzuzu

    February 13, 2013

  • Devoid of consideration of the selfishness of others. Thank you Ambrose Bierce.

    February 15, 2008