[ self-kon-shuh s, self- ]
/ ˈsɛlfˈkɒn ʃəs, ˌsɛlf- /


excessively aware of being observed by others.
conscious of oneself or one's own being.

Origin of self-conscious

First recorded in 1670–80

OTHER WORDS FROM self-conscious

self-con·scious·ly, adverbself-con·scious·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for self-conscious



unduly aware of oneself as the object of the attention of others; embarrassed
conscious of one's existence

Derived forms of self-conscious

self-consciously, adverbself-consciousness, noun
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