[ee-guh-tist, eg-uh-]
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Origin of egotist

First recorded in 1705–15; egot(ism) + -ist
Related formsan·ti·e·go·tist, noun, adjective
Can be confusedegoist egotist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for egotist

boaster, egomaniac, braggart, egoist

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British Dictionary definitions for egotist


  1. a conceited boastful person
  2. a self-interested person; egoist
Derived Formsegotistic or egotistical, adjectiveegotistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for egotist

1714, first used by Joseph Addison; see ego + -ist. Addison credits the term to "Port-Royalists" who used it in reference to obtrusive use of first person singular pronoun in writing, hence "talking too much about oneself." Meaning "self-conceit, selfishness" is 1800. The -t- is abnornmal, perhaps by influence of dogmatism. Related: Egotistic; egotistical.

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