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[kuh n-see-tid] /kənˈsi tɪd/
having an excessively favorable opinion of one's abilities, appearance, etc.
  1. having an opinion.
  2. fanciful; whimsical.
Obsolete. intelligent; clever.
Origin of conceited
First recorded in 1535-45; conceit + -ed2
Related forms
conceitedly, adverb
conceitedness, noun
unconceited, adjective
unconceitedly, adverb
1. vain, proud, egotistical, self-important, self-satisfied. Unabridged
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  • "Eighty-eight—ninety-eight," said old Major Jennings (but not conceitedly).

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  • And if you can do it with him—why, I conceitedly thought it quite a distinction.

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  • I describe myself thus directly, but not conceitedly, because I want to be known as you see me, for just what I am.

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  • I gave the address of my own flat and awaited developments with high hope; for I conceitedly expected an "ad."

    The Brightener C. N. Williamson
  • He differentiated, not conceitedly, between Clem Sypher and himself.

    Septimus William J. Locke
  • "I know better than to kiss and tell," answered young Salter conceitedly.

  • "And the real thing is only for the elect, like us," said Angela, conceitedly.

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  • "I'll betcher I'll be the cutest kid in that church," boasted Jimmy conceitedly.

  • He lifted his nimble cudgel in the air and waved it conceitedly to and fro in time to the song that rose beyond the window.

    Henry Brocken Walter J. de la Mare
  • “Strange how nervous everybody is in my presence,” murmured the Dodo, conceitedly.

British Dictionary definitions for conceitedly


having a high or exaggerated opinion of oneself or one's accomplishments
(archaic) fanciful
(obsolete) witty or intelligent
Derived Forms
conceitedly, adverb
conceitedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for conceitedly



c.1600, "having an overweening opinion of oneself" (short for self-conceited, 1590s); earlier "having intelligence" (1540s); past participle adjective from conceit (q.v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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