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 Dictionary entry overview: What does selfish mean? 

SELFISH (adjective)
  The adjective SELFISH has 1 sense:

1. concerned chiefly or only with yourself and your advantage to the exclusion of others

  Familiarity information: SELFISH used as an adjective is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

SELFISH (adjective)

Sense 1selfish [BACK TO TOP]


Concerned chiefly or only with yourself and your advantage to the exclusion of others

Context example:

Selfish men were...trying to make capital for themselves out of the sacred cause of civil rights


egotistic; egotistical; narcissistic; self-loving (characteristic of those having an inflated idea of their own importance)

self-seeking; self-serving (interested only in yourself)


egocentric; egoistic; egoistical; self-centered; self-centred (limited to or caring only about yourself and your own needs)

inconsiderate (lacking regard for the rights or feelings of others)

stingy; ungenerous (unwilling to spend)


unselfish (disregarding your own advantages and welfare over those of others)

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