devoted to or caring only for oneself; concerned primarily with one's own interests, benefits, welfare, etc., regardless of others.
characterized by or manifesting concern or care only for oneself: selfish motives.

Nearby words

  1. self-wrong,
  2. selfdom,
  3. selfheal,
  4. selfhood,
  5. selfie,
  6. selfishly,
  7. selfless,
  8. selflessly,
  9. selfness,
  10. selfridge

Origin of selfish

First recorded in 1630–40; self + -ish1

Related formsself·ish·ly, adverbself·ish·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for selfish



chiefly concerned with one's own interest, advantage, etc, esp to the total exclusion of the interests of others
relating to or characterized by self-interest
Derived Formsselfishly, adverbselfishness, noun

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