- 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 selfishly
As it turns out, they do so selfishly, obnoxiously, and despicably.‘This Is the End’ Craziest Moments Quiz: Which Celeb Did What?
June 17, 2013
Nevertheless Apple is dumping Google, selfishly putting its feud with Google ahead of the needs of its customers.Apple’s Move to Spite Google and Use Its Own Map Software Hurts Customers
June 21, 2012
However, I, in an un–Eagle Scout–like desire, selfishly want something.The Eagle Scouts and Boy Scouts of America’s Antigay Policy
June 17, 2012
But be advised that the power to realize your wishes is lost if they are too selfishly motivated.Horoscopes: The Week of March 27
Starsky + Cox
March 26, 2011
Now, Tiger is selfishly willing to embarrass his dead father to rescue his reputation.The Psychological Strategy of the Tiger Ad and Why It Will Backfire
April 9, 2010
Of course poor Isobel was lonely and she and Gyp had selfishly neglected her.Highacres
"I will not selfishly take you into any more dangers," he said.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
It showed Falk's brutality because after all he had selfishly caused him (Hermann) much pain.Falk
The minutes, selfishly thoughtless of all but themselves, fly rapidly.Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
He had been selfishly consulting his own happiness, his own ease.We Two
- 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 selfishly
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.