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self-conscious (uncomfortable)

Definition:

excessively and uncomfortably conscious of one's appearance or behavior

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Derivative:

self-consciously

Comparative:

more self-conscious

Superlative:

most self-conscious

Similar to:

uncomfortable

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage examples:

  • self-conscious teenagers
  • wondered if she could ever be untidy without feeling self-conscious about it

Etymology:

"aware of one's action", a word of the English Enlightenment (Locke was using it ...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of self-conscious...

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Self-consciousness

an acute sense of self-awareness. It's a preoccupation with oneself, as opposed to the philosophical state of self-awareness, which is the awareness that one exists as an individual being; although some writers use both terms interchangeably or ... (37 of 579 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Self-consciousness

Collins Dictionary:

self-conscious | embarrassed [synonym, sense-specific] | self-consciously [adverb, derived]

unduly aware of oneself as the object of the attention of others; embarrassed | conscious of one's existence (17 of 393 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/self-conscious

Oxford Dictionary:

self-conscious | self-consciously [derived] | self-consciousness [derived]

feeling undue awareness of oneself, one's appearance, or one's actions | (especially of an action or intention) deliberate and with full awareness, ... (21 of 98 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/self--conscious

Merriam-Webster:

self-conscious | ill at ease [synonym, sense-specific] | self-consciously [adverb, related] | self-consciousness [noun, related]

conscious of one's own acts or states as belonging to or originating in ... | uncomfortably conscious of oneself as an object of the observation of ... (25 of 94 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/self-conscious

Macmillan British Dictionary:

self-conscious | self-consciously [adverb, related] | self-consciousness [noun, uncountable, related]

embarrassed or worried about how you look or what other people think of you | not successful in creating a particular effect because of being too ... (25 of 83 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/self-conscious

American Heritage Dictionary:

self-conscious | self-consciously [adverb, related] | self-consciousness [noun, related]

Aware of oneself as an individual or of one's own being, actions, or thoughts. | Socially ill at ease | Excessively conscious of one's appearance or ... (24 of 53 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/self-conscious

New World Dictionary:

self-conscious | self-aware [sense-specific] | self-consciously [adverb, related] | self-consciousness [noun, related]

conscious or, especially, unduly conscious of oneself as an object of ... | [philosophy, psychology] having or showing awareness of one's own ... (21 of 53 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/self-conscious

Cambridge Dictionary:

self-conscious | self-consciously [adverb, derived] | self-consciousness [noun, derived]

nervous or uncomfortable because you know what people think about you or your actions (14 of 38 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/self-conscious

Random House Dictionary:

self-conscious

excessively aware of being observed by others. | conscious of oneself or one's own being. (14 of 22 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/self-conscious

Wiktionary:

self-conscious

aware of oneself as an individual being | uncomfortably over-conscious of one's appearance or behaviour | ill at ease socially (18 of 19 words, 3 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/self-conscious

Encarta Dictionary:

self-conscious | self-consciously [adverb, derived] | self-consciousness [noun, derived]

feeling acutely and uncomfortably aware of your failings and shortcomings ... | highly conscious of the impression made on others and tending to act ... (23 of 74 words, 2 definitions)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861715847​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

self-conscious

First use: 1680s

Origin: "aware of one's action", a word of the English Enlightenment (Locke was using it by 1690), from "self" + "conscious". Morbid sense of "preoccupied ... (25 of 35 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=self-conscious

Wiktionary:

self-conscious

Origin: self- + conscious

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/self-conscious

self-

Origin: the noun self.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/self-

conscious

Origin: Latin conscius, itself from con- (a form of com- ("together") + scire ("to know").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/conscious

Audio references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

self-conscious

Audio: British English pronunciation of "self-conscious"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/self-conscious

Macmillan American Dictionary:

self-conscious

Audio: North American pronunciation of "self-conscious"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/self-conscious

Cambridge Dictionary:

self-conscious

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "self-conscious"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "self-conscious"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/self-conscious

the Free Dictionary:

self-conscious

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "self-conscious"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "self-conscious"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/self-conscious

Google Dictionary:

self-conscious

Audio: English pronunciation of "self-conscious"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

self-conscious

Audio: North American pronunciation of "self-conscious"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=selfco​23 word=self-conscious

YourDictionary Audio:

self-conscious

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "self-conscious" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/self-conscious

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