Origin of self-conscious
Examples from the Web for self-conscious
Colors more likely to be seen during Carnival in Rio than on any self-conscious American are hits.
Rowe said Jackson was self-conscious about his skin troubles and often likened himself to the Elephant Man.Up to Speed: 5 Key Moments From the Michael Jackson AEG Trial|Christine Pelisek|September 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The audience responded with self-conscious groans and moans as if to suggest that Meyers had crossed some sacred line.CFDA Honors Behind-the-Scenes Fashion Stars and Understated Style|Robin Givhan|June 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The Great War was a self-conscious war, he says: “the story of effects generating their cause.”Geoff Dyer's 'The Missing of the Somme' Reconsidered|Louisa Thomas|November 11, 2011|DAILY BEAST
But instead of evoking luxurious joy, the result was labored and self-conscious.
She had small chance to indulge in reflection, for at her first self-conscious move he reached swiftly and caught her hand.North of Fifty-Three|Bertrand W. Sinclair
It came; and—self-conscious, as if he were being married himself—he directed the chauffeur where to drive.Vision House|C. N. Williamson
He is really a childish, self-conscious creature, with a very decided dash of vulgarity.The Man Between|Amelia E. Barr
He never had any self-conscious impulse to conceal his admiration for Grace.Roland Graeme: Knight|Agnes Maule Machar
My dressing-room mates were typical show-girls; manir, self-conscious and always on parade.My Actor-Husband|Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for self-conscious
Word Origin and History for self-conscious
1680s, "aware of one's action," a word of the English Enlightenment (Locke was using it by 1690), from self- + conscious. Morbid sense of "preoccupied with one's own personality" is attested from 1834 (in J.S. Mill). Related: Self-consciously; self-consciousness.