[self-fer-get-fuh l, self-]


forgetful or not thinking of one's own advantage, interest, etc.

Origin of self-forgetful

First recorded in 1860–65
Related formsself-for·get·ful·ly, adverbself-for·get·ful·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-forgetful

Historical Examples of self-forgetful

  • For some time together I remained in this self-forgetful state of bliss.

    My Reminiscences

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • How considerate, how patient, how self-forgetful he had always been.

  • Don't be too generous, nor too strong, nor too self-forgetful.

  • Is it thus you answer the warning of too disinterested and self-forgetful a love?

    Eugene Aram, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Before that I had seen only the world and things in it, had sought them self-forgetful of all but my impulse.

    Tono Bungay

    H. G. Wells

British Dictionary definitions for self-forgetful



forgetful of one's own interests
Derived Formsself-forgetfully, adverbself-forgetfulness, noun
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