[ self-ab-sawrbd, -zawrbd, self- ]
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  1. preoccupied with one's thoughts, interests, etc.

Origin of self-absorbed

First recorded in 1840–50

Words Nearby self-absorbed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use self-absorbed in a sentence

  • At present, Louis was too self-absorbed by the struggles within him, to look deep into what was passing around him.

  • Edna looked straight before her with a self-absorbed expression upon her face.

  • The more self-absorbed the actors showed themselves, the more keenly interested Minetta became.

    Mushroom Town | Oliver Onions
  • The girl was an enigmatic creature, silent, self-absorbed, shrinking from the give-and-take of social life.

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
  • He had been silent and self-absorbed from the first, but he had never quite given up hope.

British Dictionary definitions for self-absorbed


  1. preoccupied with one's own thoughts, emotions, life, etc

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