[ ee-guh-tist, eg-uh- ]
/ ˈi gə tɪst, ˈɛg ə- /


a conceited, boastful person.
a selfish person; egoist.

Nearby words

  1. egomaniac,
  2. egophonic,
  3. egophony,
  4. egot,
  5. egotism,
  6. egotistic,
  7. egotropic,
  8. egr,
  9. egr valve,
  10. egregious

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for egotist


/ (ˈiːɡətɪst, ˈɛɡ-) /


a conceited boastful person
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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