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[self-ab-sawrbd, -zawrbd, self-] /ˈsɛlf æbˈsɔrbd, -ˈzɔrbd, ˌsɛlf-/
preoccupied with one's thoughts, interests, etc.
Origin of self-absorbed
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He had been silent and self-absorbed from the first, but he had never quite given up hope.

  • Flice followed with Keith, who was silent and self-absorbed.

  • Men and women are being dragged out of their self-absorbed corners and stirred up and shaken.

    Robin Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The chauffeur, who knew him well, had never found the priest so self-absorbed.

    Grey Town Gerald Baldwin
  • So self-absorbed were they that they gave no attention to the comings and goings of the master of the house.

    The Gay Gnani of Gingalee Florence Huntley
British Dictionary definitions for self-absorbed


preoccupied with one's own thoughts, emotions, life, etc
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Word Origin and History for self-absorbed

1796, from self- + absorbed (see absorb).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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