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 us   /ˈsel·fɪʃ/
caring only about what you ​want or need without any ​thought for the ​needs or ​wishes of other ​people: Am I being selfish to ​want more?
(Definition of selfish from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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uk   us   /ˈsel.fɪʃ/ disapproving
B1 Someone who is selfish only ​thinks of ​their own ​advantage: The ​judge told him: "Your ​attitudeshows a selfish ​disregard for ​others."
More examples
  • Don't be so selfish!
  • It would be a ​bit selfish to ​keep them all for myself.
  • Let Milly ​shareyourtoys, Lulu. Don't be selfish!
  • She never ​considers anyone but herself - she's ​totally selfish.
  • It's very selfish of him to just ​expect that Polly will do all the ​childcare.
adverb uk   us   /-li/ disapproving
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/ disapproving
(Definition of selfish from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “selfish”
in Arabic أناني…
in Korean 이기적인…
in Portuguese egoísta, interessado…
in Catalan egoista…
in Japanese わがままな, 自分勝手な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 自私的…
in Turkish bencil, hep kendini düşünen, egoist…
in Russian эгоистичный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 自私的…
in Italian egoista…
in Polish samolubny, egoistyczny…
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