[ self-im-proov-muh nt, self- ]
/ ˈsɛlf ɪmˈpruv mənt, ˌsɛlf- /


improvement of one's mind, character, etc., through one's own efforts.

Origin of self-improvement

First recorded in 1735–45

OTHER WORDS FROM self-improvement

self-im·prov·a·ble, adjectiveself-im·prov·er, nounself-im·prov·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-improver

  • For when a thing has once been done as well as it wants to be, it is of no further interest to the self-improver.

    Familiar Studies of Men and Books|Robert Louis Stevenson

British Dictionary definitions for self-improver



the improvement of one's status, position, education, etc, by one's own efforts
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