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[self-im-pawr-tnt, self-] /ˈsɛlf ɪmˈpɔr tnt, ˌsɛlf-/
having or showing an exaggerated opinion of one's own importance; pompously conceited or haughty.
Origin of self-important
First recorded in 1765-75
Related forms
self-importance, noun
self-importantly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for self-important
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  • If the coroner was self-important, he was no more so than his witness.

    The Mark of Cain Carolyn Wells
  • Shepparton is to-day a local capital, busy and self-important.

    Australian Pictures Howard Willoughby
  • She was inclined to be fussy and self-important and lacking in self-reliance.


    Frank Swinnerton
  • He was old, fussy, and self-important, and withal no friend to me.

    Helmet of Navarre Bertha Runkle
  • Of all the impudent, conceited, self-important young whippersnappers!

    The Unspeakable Perk Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for self-important


having or showing an unduly high opinion of one's own abilities, importance, etc
Derived Forms
self-importantly, adverb
self-importance, noun
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Word Origin and History for self-important

"having or showing an exaggerated estimation of one's own importance," 1728, from self- + important. Related: Self-importance (1728).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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