verb (used with object)
Origin of engross
Examples from the Web for self-engrossed
The ardour born anew in her man's self-engrossed heart soon died down.Highways and Byways in The Border|Andrew Lang
He would not ever be able to understand her wish to be alone, or to be self-engrossed.
Had Gaga seen the aversion in Sally's eyes he would have released her in horror; but he was self-engrossed.
As a rule the people I have been brought in contact with have been hard and self-engrossed.Eden|Edgar Saltus
I hate talking to a man who is too self-engrossed to pay me attention.Lover or Friend|Rosa Nouchette Carey
British Dictionary definitions for self-engrossed
Word Origin for engross
Word Origin and History for self-engrossed
c.1400, "to buy up the whole stock of" (in Anglo-French from c.1300), from Old French en gros "in bulk, in a large quantity, at wholesale," as opposed to en detail. See gross.
Figurative sense of "absorb the whole attention" is first attested 1709. A parallel engross, meaning "to write (something) in large letters," is from Anglo-French engrosser, from Old French en gros "in large (letters)." Related: Engrossed; engrossing.