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[self-im-pawr-tnt, self-]
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  1. having or showing an exaggerated opinion of one's own importance; pompously conceited or haughty.
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Origin of self-important

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

pompous, arrogant, egotistical, cocky, immodest, know-it-all, overbearing, smug, vain, vainglorious, bigheaded, swollen-headed

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Historical Examples of self-important

  • If the coroner was self-important, he was no more so than his witness.

    The Mark of Cain

    Carolyn Wells

  • Shepparton is to-day a local capital, busy and self-important.

    Australian Pictures

    Howard Willoughby

  • She was inclined to be fussy and self-important and lacking in self-reliance.


    Frank Swinnerton

  • He was old, fussy, and self-important, and withal no friend to me.

    Helmet of Navarre

    Bertha Runkle

  • Of all the impudent, conceited, self-important young whippersnappers!

    The Unspeakable Perk

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

British Dictionary definitions for self-important


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


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

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