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selfish

[ sel-fish ]
/ ˈsɛl fɪʃ /
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adjective

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.

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Origin of selfish

First recorded in 1630–40; self + -ish1

OTHER WORDS FROM selfish

self·ish·ly, adverbself·ish·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for selfish

selfish
/ (ˈsɛlfɪʃ) /

adjective

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 forms of selfish

selfishly, adverbselfishness, noun
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