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"self-conscious" in British English

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self-consciousadjective

uk   /ˌselfˈkɒn.ʃəs/ us   /ˌselfˈkɑːn.ʃəs/
C1 nervous or uncomfortable because you are worried about what people think about you or your actions: He looked uncomfortable, like a self-conscious adolescent.

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  • I always feel a bit self-conscious in a hat.
  • Stop staring - you make me self-conscious.
  • She's very self-conscious about her figure.
  • He had very bad skin as a teenager and it made him painfully self-conscious.
  • I always feel very self-conscious when I'm with him.
self-consciously
adverb uk   /ˌselfˈkɒn.ʃəs.li/ us   /ˌselfˈkɑːn.ʃəs.li/
She blushed self-consciously when I complimented her.
self-consciousness
noun [U] uk   /ˌselfˈkɒn.ʃəs.nəs/ us   /ˌselfˈkɑːn.ʃəs.nəs/
(Definition of self-conscious from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"self-conscious" in American English

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self-consciousadjective

us   /ˌselfˈkɑn·ʃəs/
uncomfortable about yourself and worried about disapproval from other people: She was self-conscious about her weight.
self-consciously
adverb us   /ˌselfˈkɑn·ʃəs·li/
She blushed self-consciously when I complimented her.
(Definition of self-conscious from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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