self-made

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Etymology[edit]

self- +‎ made

Adjective[edit]

self-made (not comparable)

  1. Of a person, having achieved success by one's own efforts.
    My father was the quintessential self-made man.
    • 1852-1853, Charles Dickens, Bleak House:
      There was I a dragoon, roving, unsettled, not self-made like him, but self-unmade—all my earlier advantages thrown away, all my little learning unlearnt, nothing picked up but what unfitted me for most things that I could think of.
  2. Of a thing, made by oneself instead of bought or taken over.

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