What does selfish mean?

Definitions for selfish
ˈsɛl fɪʃself·ish

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. selfishadjective

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

    "Selfish men were...trying to make capital for themselves out of the sacred cause of civil rights"- Maria Weston Chapman


  1. selfishadjective

    Holding one's self-interest as the standard for decision making.

  2. selfishadjective

    Having regard for oneself above others' well-being.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Selfishadjective

    Attentive only to one’s own interest; void of regard for others.

    Etymology: from self.

    What could the most aspiring selfish man desire more, were he to form the notion of a being to whom he would recommend himself, than such a knowledge as can discover the least appearance of perfection, and such a goodness as will proportion a reward to it? Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    Passions, though selfish, if their means be fair,
    List under reason, and deserve her care;
    Those that imparted court a nobler aim,
    Exalt their kind, and take some virtue’s name. Alexander Pope.


  1. selfish

    Selfishness is being concerned excessively or exclusively, for oneself or one's own advantage, pleasure, or welfare, regardless of others.Selfishness is the opposite of altruism or selflessness; and has also been contrasted (as by C. S. Lewis) with self-centeredness.


  1. selfish

    Selfish refers to being primarily concerned with one's own interests, needs, or welfare, often at the expense of others. It is characterized by a disregard for others and a focus on one's own personal gain or satisfaction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Selfishadjective

    caring supremely or unduly for one's self; regarding one's own comfort, advantage, etc., in disregard, or at the expense, of those of others

  2. Selfishadjective

    believing or teaching that the chief motives of human action are derived from love of self

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of selfish in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of selfish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of selfish in a Sentence

  1. Bob Cousy:

    It was a selfish act on my part, it was,' I got ta get this out of my way so I can cross it off my list.'.

  2. John Leguizamo:

    Twenty-three people were shot in El Paso for just being Latin and you dont care so youregonna vote for this braggadocio president? I just feel like its self-defeating and selfish.

  3. Mother Teresa:

    If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish motives. Do good anyway.

  4. Ashish Jha:

    For selfish reasons, every country should be concerned about large outbreaks that are out of control, countries like the United Kingdom and United States are doing a great job with vaccinations, and they should be feeling great about United Kingdom, but United Kingdom's only as good as variants that are out there.

  5. Tara Cannon:

    It felt selfish to be taking them to an event that a) they were not terribly interested in attending, b) has an elevated risk associated with it and c) they have no say in, while the risk of something terrible happening is probably very slim, I don’t know how you reconcile that if something does go sideways. Better the one true fan [ my husband ] attend on his own. He's an adult who can competently assess the risk.

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