- 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.
Origin of selfish
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Examples from the Web for selfish
Emetophobia tends to compromise my relationships, turning me into a selfish jerk.Why My Norovirus Panic Makes Me Sick
January 5, 2015
Self-marriage is the ultimate brand extension of a self-obsessed, selfish populus.Why Singles Should Say ‘I Don’t’ to The Self-Marriage Movement
December 30, 2014
Scrooge is still with us, not just in print but embodied in the cold hearts and selfish calculations of misanthropes everywhere.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
What should have been a moment of reckoning for a selfish, serial liar instead ended with us pitying him.The Walking Dead’s ‘Self Help’: A Grim Show Displays Its Comedy Streak, and A Major Reveal
November 10, 2014
What if an affair is a process of positive self-discovery rather than selfish carnal impulses?Why You’re Happily Married and Having an Affair
November 2, 2014
It ain't a selfish feeling, so I know there's some good in it.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
It is a spirit contracted in its views, selfish in its objects.
She had no affection for this selfish invalid, this weak, peevish bully.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
But the feelings of Cornelius in no case deserved consideration—they were so selfish.Weighed and Wanting
We could at least enjoy the selfish satisfaction of faring better than our neighbours.The Roof of France
- 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
Word Origin and History for selfish
Let us understand what our own selfish genes are up to, because we may then at least have the chance to upset their designs. [Richard Dawkins, "The Selfish Gene," 1976]
Related: Selfishly; selfishness. Cf. similar formations in German selbstisch, Swedish sjelfvisk, Danish selvisk.