He did not care for grown-up girls as a rule, they were too self-conscious and self-engrossed—schoolgirls were far more fun.
I hate talking to a man who is too self-engrossed to pay me attention.
I detest lovers as a rule, they are so dull and self-engrossed; but it is pretty to watch Vere and Jim.
He would not ever be able to understand her wish to be alone, or to be self-engrossed.
The ardour born anew in her man's self-engrossed heart soon died down.
Nellie's opaque, self-engrossed eyes were continually fixed on some distant object.
As a rule the people I have been brought in contact with have been hard and self-engrossed.
Re-reading this letter, which she was far too self-engrossed to consider selfish, Brigit addressed it.
Had Gaga seen the aversion in Sally's eyes he would have released her in horror; but he was self-engrossed.
Mr. Dowson's pale face lighted up at the sight of Toni with a radiance which even the self-engrossed Eva could not fail to note.
c.1400, "to buy up the whole stock of" (in Anglo-French from c.1300), from Old French en gros "in bulk, in a large quantity, at wholesale," as opposed to en detail. See gross.
Figurative sense of "absorb the whole attention" is first attested 1709. A parallel engross, meaning "to write (something) in large letters," is from Anglo-French engrosser, from Old French en gros "in large (letters)." Related: Engrossed; engrossing.