self-conscious

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

adjective

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

Origin of self-conscious

First recorded in 1670–80
Related formsself-con·scious·ly, adverbself-con·scious·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for self-conscious

self-conscious


adjective

unduly aware of oneself as the object of the attention of others; embarrassed
conscious of one's existence
Derived Formsself-consciously, adverbself-consciousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for self-conscious

self-conscious


adj.

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.

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