self-important

[ self-im-pawr-tnt, self- ]
/ ˈsɛlf ɪmˈpɔr tnt, ˌsɛlf- /

adjective

having or showing an exaggerated opinion of one's own importance; pompously conceited or haughty.

Origin of self-important

First recorded in 1765–75
Related formsself-im·por·tance, nounself-im·por·tant·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for self-important

self-important


adjective

having or showing an unduly high opinion of one's own abilities, importance, etc
Derived Formsself-importantly, adverbself-importance, noun
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Word Origin and History for self-important

self-important


adj.

"having or showing an exaggerated estimation of one's own importance," 1728, from self- + important. Related: Self-importance (1728).

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