[ sel-fish ]
/ ˈsɛl fɪʃ /


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

First recorded in 1630–40; self + -ish1

Related forms

self·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 selfishness


/ (ˈsɛlfɪʃ) /


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

selfishly, adverbselfishness, noun
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