Definition of “selfish” - English Dictionary

“selfish” in British English

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uk /ˈsel.fɪʃ/ us /ˈsel.fɪʃ/ disapproving

B1 Someone who is selfish only thinks of their own advantage:

The judge told him: "Your attitude shows 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 share your toys, 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 /ˈsel.fɪʃ.li/ us /ˈsel.fɪʃ.li/ disapproving
noun [ U ] uk /ˈsel.fɪʃ.nəs/ us /ˈsel.fɪʃ.nəs/ disapproving

(Definition of “selfish” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“selfish” in American English

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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)