[self-kuh n-teynd, self-]
- containing in oneself or itself all that is necessary; independent.
- reserved or uncommunicative.
- self-controlled or self-possessed.
- (of a machine or mechanism) complete in itself.
Origin of self-contained
First recorded in 1585–95
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And he was cool, too; cool and self-contained; fearless and purposeful.Scaramouche
- containing within itself all parts necessary for completeness
- (of a flat) having its own kitchen, bathroom, and lavatory not shared by others and usually having its own entrance
- able or tending to keep one's feelings, thoughts, etc, to oneself; reserved
- able to control one's feelings or emotions in the presence of others
Word Origin and History for self-contained
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper