- an excessively favorable opinion of one's own ability, importance, wit, etc.
- something that is conceived in the mind; a thought; idea: He jotted down the conceits of his idle hours.
- imagination; fancy.
- a fancy; whim; fanciful notion.
- an elaborate, fanciful metaphor, especially of a strained or far-fetched nature.
- the use of such metaphors as a literary characteristic, especially in poetry.
- a fancy, purely decorative article.
- British Dialect.
- favorable opinion; esteem.
- personal opinion or estimation.
- Obsolete. the faculty of conceiving; apprehension.
- to flatter (especially oneself).
- British Dialect. to take a fancy to; have a good opinion of.
- to imagine.
- to conceive; apprehend.
- out of conceit with, displeased or dissatisfied with.
Origin of conceit
Examples from the Web for conceiting
- a high, often exaggerated, opinion of oneself or one's accomplishments; vanity
- literary an elaborate image or far-fetched comparison, esp as used by the English Metaphysical poets
- a witty expression
- fancy; imagination
- an idea
- obsolete a small ornament
- Northern English dialect to like or be able to bear (something, such as food or drink)
- obsolete to think or imagine
Word Origin and History for conceiting
late 14c., "something formed in the mind, thought, notion," from conceiven (see conceive) based on analogy of deceit and receipt. Sense evolved from "something formed in the mind," to "fanciful or witty notion" (1510s), to "vanity" (c.1600) through shortening of self-conceit (1580s).