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self-absorbed

[self-ab-sawrbd, -zawrbd, self-] /ˈsɛlf æbˈsɔrbd, -ˈzɔrbd, ˌsɛlf-/
adjective
1.
preoccupied with one's thoughts, interests, etc.
Origin of self-absorbed
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50
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  • Halfman proved too indifferent or too self-absorbed to take umbrage.

    The Lady of Loyalty House Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • But Evelyn was too self-absorbed to detect the obvious hint.

  • Flice followed with Keith, who was silent and self-absorbed.

  • And anyway it is generous of us not to be too self-absorbed.

    This Simian World Clarence Day
  • The chauffeur, who knew him well, had never found the priest so self-absorbed.

    Grey Town Gerald Baldwin
British Dictionary definitions for self-absorbed

self-absorbed

adjective
1.
preoccupied with one's own thoughts, emotions, life, etc
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Word Origin and History for self-absorbed
adj.

1796, from self- + absorbed (see absorb).

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